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Scarsdale Marijuana Mom Behind Bars

weedsA 45-year-old Saxon Woods Road mother is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after agents raided a Queens warehouse on May 20 and discovered a "sophisticated operation to grow and process marijuana with state-of-the-art lighting, irrigation and ventilation systems." The Drug Enforcement Agency seized 2,800 marijuana plants and large quantities of dried marijuana and charged Scarsdale's Andrea Sanderlin with narcotics trafficking, a felony that carries a minimum 10-year prison term.

At the same time as the warehouse raid, additional agents were parked outside Sanderlin's home in Scarsdale and saw a woman and young child leaving the house in a cab. They followed the cab to a shopping center where the woman dropped off the child and then returned to the house. Police caught the woman leaving the home with a bag filled with $7,900 in bundled cash. She explained that Victor Garcia, Sanderlin's boyfriend and the father of the three-year-old child, had instructed her to go to the house, take as much cash as possible from a closet and take a cab to a bookstore in Yonkers to meet him. Agents then searched the house on Saxon Woods Road and found $6,000 in cash and books on laundering money and growing marijuana.

Agents were tipped off to Sanderlin's activities after the arrest of five men in April for their alleged roles in a marijuana grow business operating from two New York City warehouses. Agents allege that the ring was headed by another Scarsdale resident, 50-year-old Stephen Haberstroh. Haberstroh and Sanderlin were longtime friends who had previously lived together in Queens and Manhattan. Between May 20 and May 27 agents trailed Sanderlin, driving her 2010 Mercedes-Benz SUV to and from the warehouse located at 58-15 57th Drive in Queens on numerous occasions. They were also tipped off to the marijuana plant by Con Edison bills for the facility which were running around $9,000 a month.

96morrislaneSanderlin is twice divorced, and the mother of a 27-year-old son as well as two daughters, ages 13 and 3. According to the complaint, she previously rented a home at 96 Morris Lane in Scarsdale, a 6,917 square foot house on 2.35 acres that sold in July, 2012 for $4,855,000. It is believed that she also rents her current home at 193 Saxon Woods Road.  Pictured here, it was built in 2009.

Little is known about Sanderlin in Scarsdale. In addition to her business interests she was an avid horseman and a YouTube video of her competiting in an equestrian competition remains online. 

It is interesting to note that in Colorado retail pot stores will soon be legal, so if 193SaxonWoodsRoadSanderlin lived in Denver, rather than Scarsdale, she would not be facing the prospect of ten years behind bars.

Sanderlin is being represented by attorney Joel Winograd who also defended Steve Madden and Gambino crime-family soldier Michael "Roc" Roccaforte.

The story was broken on TheSmokingGun.com and quickly republished on scores of news websites and picked up on local television channels. Comparisons are being drawn between Sanderlin and the drug-dealing suburban mother played by Mary Louise Parker on the television series Weeds.

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0 #19 Grammatical Impersonation 2013-06-07 06:20
I agree with "To Grammatical Impersonation" that it was written by a villager. If you read the entire comment, then it does become clearer that the poster is addressing the superintendent. But it does start with "written by Mr. McGill" and the first sentence says "Sir, as superintendent of our schools, I plead with you..." which is only grammatically correct if the person writing that sentence is, in fact, the superintendent. So I think it was just a poor choice of username and a grammatically incorrect start to the comment that led to a bit of confusion.
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0 #18 To Grammatical Impersonation 2013-06-07 04:23
I believe the comment regarding Mr. McGill was supposed to be written to him from a villager. That seems why the person was requesting that the superintendent notify people "under your ranks." In addition, the person who wrote the comment asked for the reader of the comment to "send an immediate memo to the Middle School teachers/admins trators/etc." It kinda sounds like it was written to him.
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0 #17 Grammatical Impersonation 2013-06-06 19:30
I am pretty confident that the comment by "Mr. McGill" was not written by the superintendent. I am not sure whether someone is attempting to impersonate him or if they just used poor judgement in choosing a name and in their choice of words ("as superintendent ... I" implies that you are the superintendent) . But I just thought I would comment on that, in case people thought the actual superintendent was posting on this website.
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0 #16 Scott 2013-06-05 20:14
It is nice to support the children and families...

HOWEVER, this was not a little grow lamp in an attic closet, this was a big operation.
If she is / was involved in it you can give her that hug...In around 10 years!
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0 #15 Worried 2013-06-05 14:02
We need to band together as a community to embrace those kids and shield their privacy. I can't even imagine what a nightmare this is for them. All of us w/middle schoolers need to be clear to our kids that we expect them to rally around their classmate, to act with kindness and compassion, and to remember that she has done nothing wrong and has nothing to be ashamed of.
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0 #14 Scarsdale rez 2013-06-05 11:44
These articles refer to Sanderlin owning this $2.8 million house. This house is a rental. I believe the owners and landlords live right next door at 191 Saxon Woods Road - the Zamboli's. Makes you wonder how often she moved and why?
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0 #13 Big Whoop 2013-06-05 11:11
Who cares. I moved from California to Scarsdale and there are dispensaries all over NorCal.
This woman created more jobs than any retarded ARRA government subsidized clean tech cluster.
..and it was profitable.
People in Scarsdale are so pretentious and hypocritical, go back to funding factories in China making your silly Uggs. That's right, they're made in China not AUS you clowns.
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0 #12 unbelievable 2013-06-05 10:49
Today while the children of Scarsdale walked the hall of the Middle school, some children went up to the daughter of the accused mother to say, "so your mother is a drug dealer". Parents please remember the words you use at home are repeated by your children at school. I hope the middle school is aware of how this child is being treated and will provide the support she needs as she tries to finish out the school year amidst the chaos of her family.
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0 #11 Dont blame the DEA 2013-06-05 10:42
DEA officials are sworn to uphold the law, independent of their personal feelings on the laws they enforce, as guided by our State and Federal legislators (i.e. the people who you should gripe to if you want the laws changed or unenforced.)

I'll bet some of them, like me, would love cannibus to be legalized, allowing them to focus their energies on more serious drug production/traf ficking/sales/u se, as crooks lose profit incentive to remain in a legalized/regul ated/taxed canibus business.

In the meantime, independent of Ms. Sanderlin innocence or guilt, the public needs to know that people who make unlawful profit in the canibus market (medical indications for its use notwithstanding ) run the risk of being caught and prosecuted, or else such honest people will lose incentive to continue at their less lucrative lawful lines of work.

Meanwhile, as long as the trade remains illegal, there will be PLENTY of violence among rival dealers, and dealers/sub-dea lers/consumers: each worried, with fireams at hand, of losing their assets. And the DEA has to do the best it can to stamp that out--even if they can only make a dent in resolving the problem.
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0 #10 Fairness 2013-06-05 08:20
1) Absolutely, Ms. Sanderlin is innocent until proven guilty.

2) Still, unlawful weed growers/dealers /brokers, as Ms. Sanderlin is ALLEGED, not legally proven to be, nonetheless use "the stuff should just be legal" defenses all the time, when they are the LAST ones that want such legalization, as such free markets would drive their profit margins down.

3) Many of us busted our butts in college, lawfully, deferring financial gain, to only now still work our tails off lawfully, even as doctors, lawyers, and Wall St professionals, to earn the privilege to call 10583 our homes; obeying the law mind you for fear we could lose our kids if we don't.

4) All my sympathies go out to the minor children of Ms. Sanderlin.
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