Federal authorities said Tuesday (June 4) that a suburban New York mom was arrested for running a multi-million weed grow house out of a building in Queens. Andrea Sanderlin, of Scarsdale, is a mother of three. Her "greenery" supply is estimated at $3 million.
The feds were tipped off by a confidential informant, who was charged in an incident that may be linked to Sanderlin.
From the Wall Street Journal:
A federal complaint says Andrea Sanderlin, from Scarsdale, N.Y., operated a warehouse in Queens that contained a "sophisticated operation to grow and process marijuana."
The complaint was filed May 20 by Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent David Lee. It was first reported Tuesday by The Smoking Gun website.
Sanderlin's attorney, Joel Winograd, did not return a message or email seeking comment Tuesday night.
Lee says law enforcement agents entered the warehouse using a search warrant to find two rooms designed to grow marijuana. He says each room had state of the art lighting, irrigation and ventilation systems.
Sanderlin was first pulled over then taken to the location, where authorities asked if they could search the unit. She has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute the massive inventory. Further investigation found 1,000 kush plants growing under artificial light, plus 2,000 others plants that were being dried out to eventually be sold.
The 45-year-old raised suspicion over a sky-high light bill that would reach as much as $9,000 a month --and was always paid in cash. She has no criminal record, lives in a home worth between $1.2 and $2.4 million, and is proclaiming innocence. If convicted, she faces a minimum 10 year sentence.