Andrea Sanderlin, the soccer mom from the posh NYC suburb of Scarsdale who secretly ran a multi-million dollar pot growing and distribution operation, pleaded guilty to marijuana trafficking charges on Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court.
Sanderlin told the court: “From 2009 to 2013 in Queens, New York, I operated a facility in which I, together with others, grew at least 1,000 marijuana plants and sold the marijuana product from the plants.” Sanderlin confessed that it was pot profits financing her upscale lifestyle, including horse-riding lessons and rent on a $100,000-a-month mansion.
So what did Sanderlin in? After she was allegedly narced out by one of her associates, the feds linked her large electric bill to a warehouse in Queens, and then tailed her driving from Scarsdale to the NYC growhouse.
Sanderlin was then busted on May 20 when DEA agents raided the Queens warehouse and confiscated cultivation equipment and 2,800 plants worth an estimated $3 million. The press immediately characterized the 45-year-old mother of three as a real-world Nancy Botwin – the pot-dealing suburban mother from the acclaimed TV show Weeds.
Sanderlin faces ten years to life in prison, but she will likely receive a reduced sentence because of her guilty plea. She is currently free on a $500,000 bond.