Feds: Woman from wealthy NY suburb grew $3M in pot

Wealthy Suburb Marijuana
This May 20, 2013 photo provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Strike Force shows some of the marijuana plants the DEA said were grown by a woman from a wealthy New York suburb, in a warehouse in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/DEA Strike Force)

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman from a wealthy New York suburb is accused of growing and attempting to sell nearly 3,000 marijuana plants from a city warehouse.

A federal complaint says Andrea Sanderlin, of Scarsdale, operated a warehouse in Queens that contained a “sophisticated operation to grow and process marijuana.”

The complaint was filed May 20 by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. A DEA spokeswoman said Wednesday that the 2,800 marijuana plants would have been worth $3 million on the street.

Sanderlin’s attorney, Joel Winograd (WIHN’-oh-grad), did not return phone or email messages Tuesday or Wednesday.

The complaint says agents entered the warehouse and found two rooms designed to grow marijuana. It says each had state-of-the-art lighting, irrigation and ventilation systems.

The complaint says Con Edison reported unusually high electricity use at the location.

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