'Pot Mom' Andrea Sanderlin Granted Bail

Andrea Sanderlin released on a $500,000 bond.

ByABC News
July 1, 2013, 3:52 PM

July 1, 2013 — -- Andrea Sanderlin, the New York mother of two accused of running a multimillion-dollar marijuana enterprise, was released on bail today as she awaits trial on federal drug charges.

Sanderlin, 45, of Scarsdale, N.Y., who has been called "pot mom" in the media since her arrest more than a month ago, was released from jail on a $500,000 bond, pending her father, stepmother and paternal grandmother of her children signing the bond.

As part of her release, Sanderlin will stay at the Manhattan apartment of her children's grandparents under electronic monitoring as she awaits trial. Her next court appearance is scheduled for July 15.

On Friday, Sanderlin pleaded not guilty to charges including manufacturing and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute it, and for maintaining a warehouse where marijuana was grown and processed, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

After her arrest, Sanderlin drew comparisons with Nancy Botwin, the maternal drug dealer played by Mary-Louise Parker on the Showtime series "Weeds."

Prosecutors, however, alleged in a federal indictment that she was no different than Colombian drug lords.

Sanderlin was arrested on May 20 after authorities raided a Queens warehouse, where they found $3 million worth of pot, including close to 3,000 plants.

It was unclear how long she had been allegedly running the operation, but she registered the name Fantastic Enterprises in July 2007, officials said.

If convicted, Sanderlin could face a minimum of 10 years in prison and $10 million in fines.

ABC News' Aaron Katersky contributed to this report.