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Andrea Sanderlin, New York's Suburban 'Pot Mom,' Pleads Guilty

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By Alexandra Ward   |   Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 07:52 AM

Andrea Sanderlin, the wealthy New York City suburban "pot mom," pleaded guilty Tuesday to running a multimillion-dollar marijuana operation out of a Queens warehouse.

"From 2009 to 2013 in Queens, New York, I operated a facility in which I, together with others, grew at least 1,000 marijuana plants and sold the marijuana product from the plants," she said in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday, according to the New York Post.

Sanderlin, 45, a mother of three, was arrested in May when police raided a warehouse that was registered to her name and found an estimated $3 million worth of marijuana. At her home later, detectives found books on how to grow the drug and how to launder money.

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She initially pleaded not guilty to charges including manufacturing and possessing marijuana, but changed her plea Tuesday.

Sanderlin, who reportedly lived in a $10,000-a-month rented mansion in Scarsdale, N.Y., and once drove a Maserati, is often compared to the lead character in the Showtime TV series "Weeds" — a suburban mother of two who starts dealing pot to make ends meet after her husband dies.

The pot mom is out on $500,000 bail and faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing, CBS News reported.

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