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Former Richmond lacrosse player charged in drug-trafficking case

Published: April 22, 2014, 3:16 pm ET
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Timothy Brooks, a former Richmond lacrosse player, was arrested on charges of participating in the “Main Line Take Over Project” – a large operation in suburban Philadelphia that intended “to take over the marijuana drug trade in local high schools and colleges in Montgomery and surrounding counties of Pennsylvania,” according to authorities.

Brooks, who attended Richmond on an athletic scholarship but left after his first semester, was one of two lead suppliers in this 11-person drug-trafficking ring. Both Brooks, 18, and Neil Scott, 25, the other lead supplier, graduated from and and played lacrosse for the Haverford School.

Authorities seized eight pounds of marijuana, 23 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of ecstasy, three grams of hash oil, two AR-15 rifles and more than $11,000 in cash through multiple search warrants.

The two leaders employed students from five high schools and three colleges as their sub-dealers.

Brooks encouraged his sub-dealers to meet their weekly quota of selling one pound of marijuana, authorities said.

“Brooks instructed the high school sub-dealers to make certain there was always a constant supply of marijuana in their assigned school,” authorities said. “Brooks said this was important to him because he remembered not always being able to buy marijuana when he was in high school.”

The Richmond lacrosse program did not return a message requesting further information.

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Update: The Richmond lacrosse program elected not to comment on the story, but it confirmed Brooks left the team in September.

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  • SaveOurSports

    “I told you so” would be WAY to apt for this. It’s almost hilarious how foreseeable this was.

    • Guest

      Philly papers reporting he went home due to injury?….

  • SeemsLegit

    No amount of irony is sufficient.

  • Spider90

    Wow has anyone from the men’s soccer or track teams ever been arrested for drug trafficking?

  • Whatever…

    The comments here have got to be some of the stupidest observations ever… Really? It is a real shame that Richmond no longer gives scholarships to a bunch of guys to play a game
    that no one ever goes to watch. The only galvanizing or community benefit of men’s soccer at Richmond was for those few on the team. Period. I know you did not like the process… Get over it. It’s not like they cut Chemistry or closed the library.

    Also, when you live in glass houses, don’t throw stones you idiots.

    • SeemsLegit

      Glass houses?

      1. The link you listed is of VCU’s soccer team, not Richmond’s.
      2. There was more than one sport that was cut to add men’s lacrosse.
      3. They could have easily cut scholarship funding to to either men’s soccer or track (or both) and still kept them while adding lacrosse in compliance with Title IX.

      You comment must be one of the stupidest observations ever. The decision was made purely out of fiscal irresponsibility and to assuage the concerns of one of their largest “investors”. It was done with no input from the students or even the coaches of either program.

      If you didn’t gain any “galvanization” from men’s soccer, it’s probably accurate to say that you share little interest in the sport and most likely never talked to/supported the team or went to a game. So you are going to make the bold claim that it did nothing for the community based on the experience of you and your ignorant friends (most likely)?

      In the end, they added a sport that is notorious for producing problematic societal situations and students while cutting two sports (one of which has had one of the highest GPAs of any grouping on campus for many years). He may just be one person…but the irony is still relevant.