SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Scarsdale grandmother Andrea Sanderlin says she has stuck to the straight and narrow in the three years since she was arrested in a enormous pot-growing operation, according to a report of lohud.com.
Sanderlin, who could get 10 years behind bars when she is sentenced Tuesday, is arguing for leniency on the basis that she is now a Christian, the lohud,com said.
A pastor from the church Sanderlin attends attested to her devotion, lohud,com reported.
Among the letters submitted on her behalf was one from a friend who said the 48-year-old’s only motivation, though misguided, was to support her two daughters, the lohud.com report said.
According to multiple media reports, Sanderlin was renting a mansion in Scarsdale for $10,000 a month at the time of her arrest in 2013.
She told people that she was an interior designer or a baby furniture saleswoman when, in actuality, she was running a front company called “Fantastic Enterprises,” which was based out of a Queens warehouse, according to a report by the Daily Voice.
When authorities descended on the grow house, they found close to 3,000 marijuana plants worth several million dollars, police said
The divorced grandmother is now working as a receptionist in Manhattan, media reports said.
Law enforcement officials compared Sanderlin to a Colombian drug kingpin when the indictment was originally announced, according to the Daily Voice story.
“Whether you’re a suburban mom growing marijuana in a warehouse in Queens, or a cartel member making cocaine in the jungles of Colombia, manufacturing and distributing illegal narcotics come at hefty price,” said Homeland Security agent James Hayes Jr., according to the Daily Voice.
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