From Frat Boys to Criminals: Two College Elites' Scarface Dreams
Former sport stars who joined the high-stakes game of peddling illegal substances are winners no more.
In 1826, a group of Easton, Pennsylvania residents decided to found a college, which they named after General Lafayette, a French aristocrat and military officer who served under George Washington in the Revolutionary War. Nearly two centuries later, over 2,000 students walk the sprawling, leafy campus of Lafayette College; and last week, two of them—who according to sources were members of a frat known for drugs and preying on young, intoxicated girls—were arrested for their part in an ambitious criminal conspiracy that sought to dominate drug distribution in Pennsylvania's Main Line corridor.
Last week, prosecutors in Montgomery County made public their case against the leaders of the drug ring known as the "Mainline Takeover Project." Neil K. Scott and Timothy C. Brooks were the all-American, lacrosse playing bros who presided over a team of clean-cut "sub-dealers" that were tasked with selling drugs to high school and college kids.
Scott, 25, graduated from The Haverford School, an all-boys, $33,000 per year prep school in the town of Haverford, in 2008. He went to Connecticut College, but dropped out after three semesters when he was caught making fake IDs and smoking pot. He then moved to California in 2010, where he reportedly worked at a medical marijuana dispensary while he coached lacrosse. After a bad breakup with an older woman, Scott returned back home to the Main Line, moving into an apartment across the street from The Haverford School.
Scott befriended Brooks, 18, a 2013 graduate of The Haverford School. Brooks attended the University of Richmond, which boasts a Division One lacrosse program, but an injury sent him back to the Main Line for surgery after just one semester. Documents provided by prosecutors say that Brooks was determined to move out of his parents home, but had no money to do so.
Scott and Brooks devised the "Mainline Takeover Project," which case files show was an ambitious plan to become the drug king pins of suburban Pennsylvania. Scott received drugs from California in the mail, and he would sell those drugs to the "sub-dealers" who then sold them to their peers at school.
But Scott and Brooks' "Scarface" dreams were soon torn to shreds by prosecutors. Tipped off by informants, during two months beginning in January, police arranged buys and built a case against Scott and Brooks. When the pair were arrested in February, officials seized eight pounds of marijuana, 23 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of MDMA (or "Molly") over $11,000 in cash, one loaded .223 caliber AR-15 Assault Rifle, one loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, one .22 caliber AR-15 style rifle, and .22 caliber, .223 caliber and 9mm ammunition.
Scott and Brooks' confessed and their testimony—along with text messages—helped investigators build a case against the "sub-dealers" working for them, including two Lafayette students named Christian Stockton Eueler—known as “Stocky"—and John Cole Rosemann, who friends know as just “Cole."
Euler, 23, from the Villanova section of Montgomery County, was a star lacrosse player from The Haverford School. Euler is tall and square-jawed with dirty blonde hair that varies from short to shoulder-length.
In 2009, Phillylacrosse.com reported that Euler had "signed a letter of intent to play at Lafayette College." He told the publication, "I liked how small it was and it seemed kind of personal to me."
At Lafayette, Euler allegedy joined FIJI, a fraternity not recognized by the administration. FIJI, a source who attended Lafayette with Stocky told The Daily Beast, is mostly made up of lacrosse and baseball players. On campus, a source said, it is "known for drugs…mostly coke, weed and prescription."
In addition to being known for drugs, FIJI, two sources said, has a reputation for exceptionally predatory behavior towards girls. "All of the girls loved to go to the FIJI house because of the lacrosse boys," one source said. "But they were known for drugging girls and putting cold syrup in big coolers of alcohol so that girls would fall asleep." A source who attended parties at the FIJI house told The Daily Beast she cannot recall an entire night spent there.
Euler himself "had a reputation for hooking up with freshman or hooking up with really drunk girls…Girls thought he was creepy. He would never date anyone in his grade because they all knew his reputation."
Euler "loved EDM" (electronic dance music), and, according to his LinkedIn profile, was the "co-founder and managing director" of Vinyl Penetration. Active from 2010-2013, Vinyl Penetration "was a leading electronic music outlet that provided reviews of new music releases on a daily basis." On the group's Facebook page, photos can be found of Euler dancing under a disco ball, staring into space. Attendees of EDM raves are known to use the drug Molly.
Back at Lafayette, Euler was, according to the two sources, kicked off the lacrosse team his sophomore year. Phil Labella, the Sports Information Director ar Lafayette told The Daily Beast that the last time Euler was on the lacrosse team was 2010, but that he was uncertain of the circumstances surrounding his departure.
Text messages provided by prosecutors show that when Scott returned from California, he contacted Euler, who was listed in his phone as "Stocky Euler." On October 23, 2013, Scott texted Euler, "yo stocky, it's Neil from Hford. Just got back from Cali, got a bunch of greens. Know anybody around Philly who might be interests? [sic]"
The next day, Euler responded, "hahah yoo brotha how are you? Like weight?" Scott assured Euler he had "a lot of weight. constant supply. great numbers." Euler inquired about the price for a "zip."
Euler began purchasing marijuana from Scott to sell at Lafayette. One of his customers was Rosemann.
Rosemann, who sports short, dark hair and appears younger than his 20 years, is, according to his LinkedIn page, majoring in finance and minoring in mathematics. Rosemann is from Weston, Connecticut. He was a star basketball player at Weston High School, where according to his coach Ryan Errico, he was "a good kid" and "good athlete" who didn't show any signs of being inclined to problematic behavior. Errico declined to comment further on Rosemann's situation.
In the fall of 2013, Rosemann told investigators, Euler introduced him to Scott. "Rosemann explained he started [to] buy marijuana directly from Scott because 'Stocky' Euler was overcharging him."
Rosemann, who Scott listed in his phone as "Cole Lafayette" according to case files texted with Scott about "the distribution of marijuana and methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly called Molly," at Lafayette. "These messages indicted Neil Scott was regularly providing 'Cole Lafayette' with marijuana and Molly which 'Cole Lafayette' then sold to other students at his college."
Rosemann told investigators that he both smoked and sold the marijuana he got from Scott. "Rosemann indicated he usually sold marijuana in ounces and single grams. Rosemann stated he usually charged his customers between $200-$300 for an ounce of marijuana and $20 for a gram of marijuana."
In a hyped-up press conference, prosecutors spoke from behind a table, on which a few pounds of marijuana, some hash oil, cocaine, MDMA, guns, cash and lacrosse sticks were dramatically sprawled.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement, "parents across our community have chosen to send their children to these schools and colleges because they are some of the finest institutions of learning in the United States…While parents sought to provide education to their kids, these defendants sought to use schools to create drug addicts."
A thorough reading of the case indicates prosecutors may have blown the scale of the drug ring out of proportion, but the story of Euler and Rosemann is a rare instance of when frat boy behavior crosses the line from typical to criminal.
UPDATE: The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office offered Mr. Euler a plea agreement reflective of the conduct which they believed Mr. Euler engaged in. The offer, which Mr. Euler accepted, was to enter a guilty plea to three misdemeanors, all focused on Mr. Euler obtaining and possessing marijuana. The Commonwealth withdrew and dismissed all felonies, as well as any charges related to Mr. Euler’s involvement with any conspiracy to distribute any drug or narcotic; Mr. Euler was never charged with any crime related to the possession of or conspiracy to possess a firearm. Mr. Euler was sentenced to probation and was permitted to return to Lafayette College, which he did. The above article in no way was meant to infer or insinuate that Mr. Euler was in any way involved in, or accused of, any sexual misconduct while at Lafayette College. Mr. Euler has never been charged with, or accused of, any sexual misconduct at any time.