BROOKLYN, New York (PIX11) — With her long, straight blonde hair flowing down her back, 45-year-old Andrea Sanderlin of tony Scarsdale wore a navy, prison-issued uniform as she appeared in federal court and pleaded not guilty to charges she manufactured and distributed massive amounts of marijuana from a small warehouse in Queens.
The mother of three, who rides horses and plays the role of suburban soccer mom, has been held in federal custody ever since agents raided the Queens warehouse last month and found more than 1,000 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $3 million.
“Andrea is a 45 -year-old mother of three, who entered a plea of not guilty,” one of her lawyers, Cory Winograd, said outside court. “Pre-trial services recommends she get bail. She’s a mother of a 3-year-old girl, and she ‘s looking forward to returning to her family.”
Sanderlin has a 27-year-old son and two daughters, 13 and 3.
The case has captured the public’s imagination, because Sanderlin has been compared to a TV mom who sells pot on the cable series, “Weeds”, starring Mary Louise Parker.
“This is not life imitating art,” Winograd told reporters outside court.
Sanderlin was renting her Scarsdale home for $10,000 a month. On PIX 11 News at 5 pm, we will tell you some of the stuff federal agents found inside.