Scarsdale 'Pot Mom' Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charges

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SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Scarsdale 'Pot Mom' Andrea Sanderlin pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday, admitting she grew at least 1,000 marijuana plants and sold the drug, the Daily News reported.

Sanderlin appeared at Brooklyn Federal Court before Magistrate Robert Levy.

She faces a 10-year minimum sentence and a maximum of life in prison, the story said.

Sanderlin told people she was an interior designer or baby furniture saleswoman while she set up a front company called “Fantastic Enterprises” that was based out of a Queens warehouse, police said.

Sanderlin rented a four-bedroom, five-bathroom home on Saxon Woods Road in the village, where she routinely kept large amounts of cash and books on money laundering and pot growing, police said.
The Drug Enforcement Agency got wind of Sanderlin's quiet operation after her friend and fellow Scarsdale resident Stephen Haberstroh was busted as part of another pot-ring in April, according to the report. Another suspect in that case talked to the feds about someone referred to as "Andi." Authorities started tailing Sanderlin, who they saw use large amounts of cash to buy items from a Brooklyn garden that authorities say could be used in a marijuana grow house.
According to reports, Sanderlin was compared to a Colombian drug kingpin when the indictment was announced.

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End of Story is she's doing time for a crime..The fact is its ILLEGAL to grow and sell marijuana in NY. She did not have her childrens best interest at heart, nor did she care about her family being torn apart while pocketing drug money to live lavishly in Scarsdale .. there are people who work several honest jobs to provide a healthy home enviroinment for their family...she is not one of them..she is a criminal.


End of Story. Marijuana will be legal all over the untied states within the next 10 years. and this story will be looked back upon as a tragedy, Which is what it is. Marijuana PROHIBITION ruins lives, not marijuana. I will also note. I do not smoke it, but it's ridiculous to have a plant that is not only proven to be less harmful as alcohol. but official and abundant evidence now shows that it can actually CURE cancer by cutting the bloody supply to tumors, Relieves pain, can cure Alzheimer's and Crohs disease. and numerous other health benefits and your draconian views are becoming a ting of the past. 70% of New yorkers think it should be legalized, you can live in the past, while we move forward, see you later . tax and regulating would also make it harder for kids to get (drug dealers don't check id's) and would also leave kids with less of a chance of being exposed to harder drugs that can actually hurt them. There is not one recorded death via Marijuana in it's 10,000 year history of human consumption nor is there any known overdose limit, no one has ever overdosed on marijuana. 60-70% of cartels and murderous kingpins get their profits from Marijuana sales, taking this black market away from them would cripple them over night, just as the end of alcohol prohibition did to the mafia. the biggest opposition to legalization actually comes fro the cartels. they love having the US police spending most of their time protecting their black market for them


End of story is until they make it legal it is illegal and if you cant respect the law then you pay the price. She was growing this illegal plant for pure pocket pleasure. She is not ill nor are her family members, nor did she care about the consequences and the effects it would have on her children. I do not feel sorry for her and she is a poor example of a Mother. She single handedly destroyed her family to live in luxury.


"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." Thomas Jefferson


I wonder if her children feel the same way. I wonder how they will feel when their precious life moments are spent without their Mother or how will they feel when they go visit her in jail over the next decade. And lets not forget she did not just grow and sell and illegal substance/plant, she put herself, her children and her family in possible harms way with drug dealers, she cheated the government because she had an illegal cash you like knowing she made mega bucks and didn't pay Uncle Sam like you and I. That her illegal profits bought her a home in Scarsdale, horses, furs, jewelry..and now her children have nothing because of her greed..oh but all you care about is the plant.


i just quoted one of the founding fathers. you are the one hell bent on ideology, This woman is a victim of marijuana Prohibition, It wont be around for much longer and we'll look back, just as we did at the end of alcohol prohibition at what a failure it was and how many lives it ruined, I don't even smoke Marijuana, but I sure do know injustice when I see it. these children were not exposed to what she was doing at all, in fact, the warehouse was in queens, she was trying to give her children the best life she could, just like any other mother, but, Like i said, your ideology wont allow you to see that. I"m not going to waste another keystroke on u. Keep you ideology. I will progress with the rest of the country while you stew with your hatred


Wow you made a criminal a victim...
she sure as hell exposed her children...
and trying to give the best life she could would have been an honest one....
No hatred here..just raised on good ethics and morals.


not necessarily "Good" moral and ethics, just YOUR morals and ethics,keep yours to yourself and I'll keep mine

"Prohibition... goes beyond the bound of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded" -Abraham Lincoln

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." - Albert Einstein quote on Hemp

"Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica." - Abraham Lincoln (from a letter written by Lincoln during his presidency to the head of the Hohner Harmonica Company in Germany)


also, if you actually knew about the story, it was reported that the children were NEVER exposed to her activities they were complelty done through a warehouse in queens. your ideology just doesn't allow you to see that


She is a Mother of children who farmed and sold drugs that wound up in the hands of children and adults..for that she deserves 10 years if not more. What she did is 100% illegal here and now end of story.


the drugs you should be really worrying about are things like heroin, meth. Things that can actually hurt people , unlike cannabis which has ever caused a single human fatality in it's over 10,000 year history of human consumption


it's not the end of the story, her kids were no where near the cannabis and cannabis should not be illegal. If it were taxed and regulated it would be HARDER for kids to get.. This poor woman's family is ripped apart for growing a harmless plant. That's the end of the story


yeah, this is ridiculous. she should never have plead guilty. jurors all over America are using Jury Nullification to get rid of these draconian pot laws. when it's legalized all over the US and they look back at the war on drugs it will be looked at as one of Americas greatest failures, and just like slavery, a scar on it's human rights history

Fifth Ave Guy:

wow, seems a little harsh for marijuana.

Its legal now in the states of Colorado & Washington.

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