In what’s turning out to be a real-life version of popular Showtime show “Weeds,” a divorced suburban mother of two in Westchester has been arrested for allegedly running a multimillion-dollar weed plant from a Queens warehouse.
Andrea Sanderlin faces up to 10 years in prison. The “full-time mother” with no priors 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,” her lawyer said in a statement. “It’s rare that you get a woman accused of running a grow house.”
The arrest comes as a shock to her neighbors, as they all thought the 45-year-old blonde mom of two girls, ages 3 and 13, was just a normal, wealthy divorcee. (She drove around in a Mercedes SUV and lived in a beautiful five-bedroom house.)
Her operation began to foil back in April, when the leader and his men of a rival operation were arrested, and spilled the dirt to save themselves. Investigators began to follow Sanderlin, and eventually the jig was up.