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DEA finds Maspeth weed warehouse

Mom allegedly growing almost 3,000 plants in hi-tech operation

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:41 am, Thu Jun 13, 2013.

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force nabbed a Scarsdale mom for growing nearly 3,000 marijuana plants in a warehouse at 58-15 57 Drive in Maspeth.

Andrea Sanderlin is facing up to 10 years in prison for running what prosecutors described as a “sophisticated operation to grow and process” pot with “intent to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants,” according to the criminal complaint.

The feds entered the warehouse on May 20 to nab Sanderlin and allegedly found an operation packed with “state-of-the-art lighting, irrigation and ventilation systems.”

At her home, agents allegedly found how-to books for growing marijuana and money laundering, as well as $6,000 in cash.

The alleged pot dealer, however, doesn’t fit the profile you’d expect for a high-roller.

Sanderlin’s personal fortune and reported ease on the eyes, as well as her status as a divorced mom of two has drawn comparisons between the drug bust and the Showtime TV show “Weeds.”

The 45-year-old pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to manufacture and distribute weed.

Published reports said her attorney, Joel Winograd, called her a “full-time mother” with no criminal record.

“She’s never been in trouble before,” he told the Daily News. “It’s rare that you get a woman accused of running a grow house.”

Sanderlin has two daughters, ages 3 and 13.

Her operation unfolded slowly, after DEA agents busted five men for growing marijuana in New York City warehouses. The leads from the bust eventual led to the blonde mom.

— Joseph Orovic

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