Pot-Dealing Suburban Mom Free on $500,000 Bail

By McCarton Ackerman 07/02/13

Random acquaintances bail out Andrea Sanderlin, who ran a massive marijuana ring.

Sanderlin on her way out of jail.
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Andrea Sanderlin, the NY suburban mom charged with running a major marijuana ring, was released yesterday on $500,000 bail after being locked up since May. A random circle of friends ranging from an MTA engineer to a hair stylist went to bat in court for Sanderlin and while Judge Steven Gold granted the bail, he was skeptical about their ties to the suburban mom. "She doesn't know these people," said Gold. "She knows people that know these people." The judge ordered Sanderlin's family until tomorrow to sign on the bail deal or it would be rescinded. Last month, the 45-year-old mother-of-two was charged with running a massive grow-house out of a warehouse in Queens, where agents found 3,000 weed plants with a street value of over $3 million. She had allegedly been running a marijuana business under the name "Fantastic Enterprises, Inc." A US District court filing also claims that federal agents recovered $6,000 in cash and books on money laundering and growing pot when they raided her home in the ritzy Westchester town of Scarsdale, in addition to $7,900 in cash from Sanderlin's nanny. 

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.