(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Andrea Sanderlin, a New York mom who allegedly ran a $3 million marijuana operation out of a New York City warehouse, is due in federal court Friday morning, according to lohud.com.
Sanderlin, 45, was arrested on May 20 and indicted two weeks later on charges that she grew thousands of marijuana plants in a city warehouse. The mother of two daughters, she has pleaded not guilty and has been held without bail since her arrest.
A federal complaint said she drove back and forth between her house in Scarsdale and the grow house in a Mercedes. Investigators discovered nearly 3,000 marijuana plants in the Queens warehouse.
The marijuana-operation bust came after police were tipped off and contacted the electric company ConEdison. The company told authorities that the warehouse address, filed under "Fantastic Enterprises," was using an unusually high amount of electricity.
U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said Sanderlin used drug money to maintain her upper-middle-class lifestyle.
The charges Sanderlin faces could reportedly land her in prison for at least 10 years.