Scarsdale Mom Charged With Growing, Trafficking $3M Of Marijauana

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Andrea Sanderlin, of Scarsdale, was arrested and charged with growing $3 million-worth of marijuana from a Queens warehouse.
Andrea Sanderlin, of Scarsdale, was arrested and charged with growing $3 million-worth of marijuana from a Queens warehouse. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - A Scarsdale mom and housewife is behind bars after a federal investigation revealed her $3 million marijuana cultivating business, according to a report by the New York Post.

Andrea Sanderlin, 45, told people she was an interior designer or baby furniture saleswoman. She had set up a front company called “Fantastic Enterprises" based out of a Queens warehouse, where police swarmed her Mercedes SUV as she pulled to up about two weeks ago, according to the report.

The mother of three faces 10 years in prison on felony drug charges and is being held in the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn in lieu of bail.

Sanderlin rented a four-bedroom, five-bath, 5,438-square-foot home on Saxon Woods Road, where she kept large amounts of cash and books on money laundering and pot growing, the New York Post reports.

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.

Sanderlin amassed $9,000-a-month Con Edison bills due to her cultivation business, which yielded 2,800 plants, according the New York Post report. She would pay her Con Ed bills with cash.

Before striking out on her own, the Virginia native helped run another marijuana grow house on 420 Tiffany St. in the Bronx, according to the report. She began stocking up on special lights, hydroponic watering systems and choice seeds to launch her own illegal business.

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Technically, it's not the DEA who's to blame. They're only a law enforcement agency that follows the guidelines set forth by elected officials. Hate to say it, but blaming the cops is like shooting the messenger. If someone gets a ticket for driving 65 in a 45 mph zone, are we going to blame the cop for the posted speed limit being what it is?

the 2 major studies and commissions done by the US government both recommended that it be decriminalized and warned of the repercussions and described exactly what is happening today, the first one..

The Shafer commission

explicitly warned against criminalizing marijuana to which Richard Nixon responded

"Don't try to confuse me with the facts, I've made up my mind about Marijuana"

He then fired Shafer.

The other the La Guardia Commmitee,

systematically and scientifically contradicted every negative health consequence claimed by Nixon .

Here's a good quote from Anslinger (Nixons cohort in criminalizing Marijuana) This shows the true nature of why it's illegal, and whats really at the root of it all.

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.” “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.” Harry J. Anslinger

Here's what our founding fathers and greatest intellectual thinkers had to say about it. directly copied from the libray of congress archives

"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)

"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

"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country."
- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere."
- George Washington, U.S. President

"We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption."
- John Adams, U.S. President

Leagalze and tax it like booze and gasoline. Stiff regs for growers. Everyone wins.

legalizing this is not the way to go.

actually, it's the only way to go, just look at alcohol prohibition and the effects it had, when alcohol prohibition was ended, it utterly destroyed the mafia and cartels of the day overnight, Marijuana is 60-70% of these murderous drug kingpins profits, it would devastate them, just as it did the Al Capones of the prohibition days... and in a controlled and regulated marketplace, it would make it HARDER for kids to get a hold of it, , Right now, ask any kid in school, what is easier to get and they will tell you marijuana, store clerks check id's, drug dealers don't, lets not even get started with all the medical benefits that they are now seeing that marijuana has, and lets also not overlook the fact that no person on earth has ever died from Marijuana, ever, not in 10,000 years of recorded human consumption and there is no known overdose rate, you can check that fact on the DEA website, Americas prison population is 22 million, that's higher than Russia, China, north Korea and Iran combined, most are in for petty drug possession, and African Americans and Latinos make up 80% of those incarcerations while white have consistently had higher rates of usage, marijuana prohibition started out a a way to oppress minorities and remains that way to this day, it's time to end the travesty the biggest crook in American history started *(Richard Nixon) and end Marijuana Prohibition once and for all....

Agreed. It should be legalized and taxed. I had heard that she is a single mother, I do feel badly for her kids. Somebody wasn't thinking.........

I believe it should be legalized but, the law is the law, she broke it and she has to pay the piper. She was living large in various homes in Scarsdale. Stating that she's a single mom for the emphasis of portraying a struggling person does not apply here. She wasn't dealing to survive and put food on the table. She did not put her children's best interest 1st. Clearly. She made very bad choices.

How much money did the Feds waste on this. Legalize and tax it.

absolutely ridiculous, what a waste of time and resources. Tax and regulate this stuff, it's never going away, the only ones who profit from prohibition are drug lords and murderous kingpins, the only ones who suffer from it are people who have no place being involved in the criminal justice system.

@ Ree Ree...I don't think it's important what she looks like or what class she is. It's more important she is stopped and some one can care for her children.

Why isn't her picture in the paper? If she were a middle class person it would be.

I agree with starry night.

Thank you.

Ridculous. Regulate and tax it already. Defund the DEA. The war on drugs must end. This is a waste of taxpayer and police resources.