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Gazette Premium Content Grandma who ran NY family drug ring gets 15 years

Associated Press Updated: November 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman who ran a drug ring that employed several family members has been sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison.

Buffalo resident Theresa Anderson appeared Tuesday in federal court, where she pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy.

Anderson is a grandmother in her 50s. Prosecutors say she oversaw an around-the-clock operation in which crack cocaine was sold from several houses she bought.

Anderson said in a letter to the judge she started using drugs at age 14 and made poor choices to finance her addiction.

She was arrested in February 2012 along with her common-law husband, son, three daughters, two of the daughters' boyfriends and a granddaughter. All have pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Anderson has agreed to forfeit her houses as part of her plea.

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