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Scarsdale Marijuana Mom Indicted in Federal Court

weedsAndrea Sanderlin, Scarsdale's "Marijuana Mom," was indicted in federal court in the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday June 18 and charged with manufacturing and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute it and maintaining a drug-involved premises. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorneys Office, "Sanderlin, 45, was arrested on May 20, 2013, when federal agents and detectives seized over 2,800 marijuana plants, large quantities of dried marijuana, and state-of-the-art marijuana growing equipment from a marijuana grow house in Maspeth, Queens."

Officials spared no words for the drug dealer who posed as an upper middle class suburban mom and interior designer. U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said, ""Sanderlin could have focused her talents on building a legitimate business enterprise to support her family and serve as a role model for her children. Instead, she allegedly chose to inhabit the shadowy underworld of large-scale drug dealers, using drug proceeds to maintain her family's fa├žade of upper middle class stability. Sanderlin turned a commonplace warehouse in the heart of Queens into a sophisticated center for growing massive quantities of marijuana for distribution. We are committed to investigating and prosecuting organized drug activity in our communities, no matter who runs the organization or how well it is hidden. Those who use our neighborhoods to grow and introduce illegal drugs into the community will face the full force of the law."

DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Crowell emphasized the dangers of marijuana which many think should be legalized. He said, "Marijuana is the most abused drug in the nation with 6.5% of high school seniors smoking marijuana on a daily basis. The high THC purity continues to derail more and more teens and young adults into substance abuse programs due to its ever-increasing potency."

Even the Department of Homeland Security was involved. Special Agent-in-Charge James T. Hayes compared Sanderlin to drug runners in South America, saying, "There's really no difference whether you're a suburban mom growing marijuana in a warehouse in Queens, or a cartel member making cocaine in the jungles of Colombia -- manufacturing and distributing illegal narcotics comes at a hefty price when you are caught by law enforcement."

A recent article in the Journal News provided more information about Sanderlin who few in Scarsdale seem to know. According to the article, Sanderlin is from Iowa where she attended but did not graduate from Bettendorf High School. Her Dad says she was "thrown out of high school, " married William Sanderlin and had a baby at the age of 18. The couple filed for bankruptcy in 1991 and split up and her son remained with his Dad. Since then, she has married and divorced again, and had two more children, ages 13 and 3, each fathered by different men.

If she is convicted, Sanderlin could face up to 10 years in prison and $10 million in fines.

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0 #6 scarsdale? 2013-06-23 07:55
Why is she a scarsdale mom? because she rented a house here? because her kids went to school here? i would think you need more roots (dare i mention weeds) than that to truly say you are from scarsdale.
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0 #5 Lover of Weeds the show 2013-06-20 22:16
The privacy issues for the kids are legitimate, but lighten up about calling her Marijuana Mom. "Weeds" was a frequently brilliant, totally enjoyable show, and though she ain't Parker Posey, the parallels to Marijuana Mom are obvious. Maybe you would prefer calling her Indoor Grower of Very Large Quantities of High Grade Marijuana Plants Mother. Let's face it, overseeing a growing enterprise while outwardly living the Scarsdale suburban life is pretty unique. Sympathize with the kids, but enjoy the story's genuine entertainment value -- even if it is at the expense of Scarsdale's "reputation."
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0 #4 Tone 2013-06-20 08:08
I agree , i use to enjoy reading 10583.com but i also dont like it so much anymore. The tone is sleazy.
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0 #3 Just to clarify 2013-06-20 06:29
The Scarsdale Inquirer and Scarsdale10583. com are completely different businesses. When you refer to the Scarsdale Inquirer, don't you mean to refer to this website (Scarsdale10583 )? I find the journalistic standards much better at the Scarsdale Inquirer.
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0 #2 Want a legitimate newspaper 2013-06-20 05:37
I think the Scarsdale Inquirer is trying to emulate the National Enquirer - not a particularly worthy goal for a paper in a town like Scarsdale. In addition to the unnecessary and biasing details in this article, they sensationalized the story about the inappropriate conduct on the part of the bar mitzvah bus chaperone. At the heart of that story was a 13-year old girl who probably spent a year preparing for that day, only to have it undermined by the Inquirer's sensationalizat ion of the whole story. Was that really necessary? What is happening to this newspaper? I think the editors need to take a good look in the mirror and decide whether they want to be legitimate reporters or tabloid writers.
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0 #1 Enough with the tabloid language 2013-06-19 12:17
Can you stop calling her "Marijuana Mom"? How is relevant to the drug charge is your second-to-last line about how her children are "each fathered by different men?" I think journalistic standards have slipped in your coverage of this story. First, you originally posted the names of the kids; great that you took them down, but what poor judgement to have identified them in the first place. Second, your coverage is pretty sexist. - would you call a man in the same situation "Marijuana Dad" and write about whom he had children with in this sort of shaming/judging way? And third, the whole tone is sleazy and sensationalist. I like the site in general, but this article seems like it belongs in the Post. The whole situation is sad. These are real people.
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