Andrea Sanderlin, of Scarsdale, accused in multimillion-dollar pot farm

Police are accusing a Scarsdale mom of being the ring leader of a major pot-growing operation. Authorities say they arrested Andrea Sanderlin after federal agents

Investigators claim Andrea Sanderlin was growing more than 2,800 plants with a street value of $3 million in Queens.

Investigators claim Andrea Sanderlin was growing more than 2,800 plants with a street value of $3 million in Queens. (6/5/13)

SCARSDALE - Police are accusing a Scarsdale mom of being the ring leader of a major pot-growing operation.

Police say they arrested Andrea Sanderlin after federal agents tailed her from her Saxon Woods Road home to a warehouse in Maspeth, Queens, where the alleged pot-growing operation was discovered last month. Federal agents say they seized more than 2,800 plants with a street value of $3 million. The facility also had sophisticated ventilation equipment, irrigation, and state-of-the art lighting systems.

According to a criminal complaint released Tuesday, a former associate of Sanderlin tipped off authorities to her activities. The informant, in exchange for considerations in his own case, told agents that Sanderlin was growing pot and where to find the indoor farm. Federal agents say other red flags were that Sanderlin's electricity bill was as much $9,000 per month and that she paid her bills in cash.

Sanderlin, 45, is reportedly a divorced mother of two girls, ages 3 and 13 years old. The complaint says she also owns a second home on Morris Lane in Scarsdale.

Sanderlin is currently in jail and faces up to 10 years in prison if she's convicted.

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