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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Andrea Sanderlin, Mom accused of running $3MILLION marijuana business as she is released on bail

NEW YORK  - A suburban New York mom charged with growing thousands of marijuana plants worth millions of dollars has been released from jail.

Andrea Sanderlin was released on $500,000 bond. She pleaded not guilty last week in Brooklyn federal court.

The charges sound like a real-life version of the Showtime series "Weeds," which chronicled a California woman's decision to grow pot to support her family.

Sanderlin's attorney has said it was not a case of art imitating life. He said she is a mother of three children who should be presumed innocent.

Federal prosecutors have compared the woman to a Colombian drug lord. Officials said a warehouse connected to Sanderlin had more than 2,800 pot plants inside. Authorities said the plants were worth $3 million on the street.

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