Meet the Scarsdale version of “Weeds” — a divorced suburban mom busted for allegedly running a multimillion-dollar pot growing operation from a Queens warehouse.
Andrea Sanderlin was cooling her heels Tuesday in a Brooklyn lockup and facing up to 10 years in prison for running what the feds described as a “sophisticated operation to grow and process marijuana.”
And unlike the fictional pot princess on Showtime’s “Weeds,” played by Mary-Louise Parker, Sanderlin will need more than a script writer to get her out of this jam.
Her lawyer, Joel Winograd, called her a “full-time mother” with no criminal record. She has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to manufacture and distribute 1,000 or more pot plants.
“She’s never been in trouble before,” he said. “It’s rare that you get a woman accused of running a grow house.”
Winograd, whose past clients include Gambino mob soldier Michael (Roc) Roccaforte and celebrity shoe-designer-turned-scammer Steve Madden, is now trying to get her sprung on bail.
The 45-year-old blond’s arrest came as a jolt to people who knew her as the doting mom of two girls, ages 3 and 13, who tooled around her Westchester town in a Mercedes SUV and lived in a sprawling, five-bedroom house.
“She seemed like every other mom,” said Scott Tarter at the Twin Lakes Farm in Bronxville, where Sanderlin rode horses and one of her daughters is in the riding academy. “I did find it odd that she hadn’t been around for a couple of weeks.”
After a couple of guys snitched on Andrea, the cops started following her and found her money makin’ Mary Jane operation
They discovered it was using an “unusually high amount of electricity” — a tell-tale sign of an indoor pot-growing operation — and that she paid her bills in cash.
On May 20, the feds confronted Sanderlin at the warehouse and discovered a pot growing operation complete with “state of the art lighting, irrigation and ventilation systems.”
They also seized around 2,800 plants and “large quantities of dried marijuana,” records show.
At Sanderlin’s home, the feds found $6,000 in cash and books on money laundering and growing marijuana.
You know the economy is bad when lily-white suburban soccer moms turn thug and start moving weight on the streets.