SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Scarsdale's "Pot Mom" Andrea Sanderlin pleaded not guilty Friday to charges in federal court.
Sanderlin uttered "Yes sir" several times to Magistrate Judge Steven Gold during the the brief hearing in a Brooklyn courtroom, the New York Daily News reported.
Sanderlin, the Scarsdale housewife who was charged with growing and trafficking $3 million of marijuana, 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.
The mother of three faces a decade in prison and up to $10 million in fines on felony charges of manufacturing and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and maintaining a drug-involved property.
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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