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.