Suburban Mom Charged with Running a $3 Million Pot Business

Imagine a real-life version of Showtime's Weeds

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In real-world news that sounds like it came straight out of the Showtime comedy Weeds, a mother of three from a wealthy New York City suburb has been accused of running a massive cannabis empire.

Drug Enforcement Agency officials arrested Andrea K. Sanderlin, 45, two weeks ago outside of a Queens warehouse where she is charged with running a $3 million marijuana business under the front “Fantastic Enterprises.” According to a U.S. District court filing posted online by The Smoking Gun, law enforcement agents discovered “state of the art” lighting, irrigation, and ventilation systems for growing marijuana during a May 20th raid and seized about 2,800 plants and dried marijuana plus $6,000 in cash and books from the building. Near Sanderlin’s residence in Scarsdale, authorities seized $7,900 from a nanny, who was allegedly delivering cash to Sanderlin’s boyfriend and the child’s father Victor Garcia.

How’d authorities realize something fishy was going on? According to the criminal complaint, “unusually high” electricity usage at the warehouse was the first tip. The Westchester County resident was charged with narcotics trafficking, a felony that could lead to a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. She has pleaded not guilty, and her lawyer Joel Winograd says she is a “full-time mother” who has no criminal record.

Perhaps Sanderlin caught the entrepreneurial spirit while watching Weeds, the seven-year cable drama that ended its run last year and starred Mary Louise-Parker as a single mom who moonlights as a drug dealer in suburban California to support her family. Neighbors have described Sanderlin as an ordinary mother of three who drove a Mercedes-Benz SUV and enjoyed horseback riding at Twin Lakes Academy in Bronxville, a town close by. In fact, Scott Tarter, owner of the equestrian school, told CNN that he thought she worked in interior design.

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This bust also comes a month after a former Scarsdale High School guidance counselor pleaded guilty to “hindering prosecution and criminal possession of a controlled substance,” two charges associated with his Nov. 20 arrest for using drugs and soliciting prostitutes, the Journal News reports.

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6 comments
czydiamond
czydiamond

This woman was doing a service to her community. She competed successfully with the cartels, took away some of their business, w/o being criminal. There is a difference between a criminal and an outlaw. People should only smoke American pot.

HeatherReneeGriffith
HeatherReneeGriffith

Can we all agree this woman did way better profit  margins than the fictonal mom ever.. she cut that middle man out lol


JordanMarzala
JordanMarzala

We have someone mimicking weeds.. Now we just need someone like Dexter.. To rid the SCUM that our society releases back into the general population.

lina
lina

Is it  right to earn money  in  such ways?

Unbiasedude
Unbiasedude like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

I work hard every day

Putting up with stress for the pay

Paying taxes they take

Every evening I say

Need relief from this pain

Make the pain go away

Take the stress off my shoulders

Give me a joint for my pain

But don't make my work world go away

Locking me up in a cell won't pay

Cause I would pay taxes those days

So when the pain goes away

I havn't hurt anyone in any way

I've just gained solace for the way

To work hard another day

Make the pain go away

Take the stress off my shoulders

Give me a joint for my pain.

Make big brother go away

And solve a real crime for the day.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva like.author.displayName 1 Like

Next we'll need to read about a real life "Breaking Bad."