Grandmother Sentenced on Drug Charges

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM EDT

By Megan Erbacher

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Grandmother Sentenced on Drug Charges

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) A grandmother convicted on drug charges related to a 12-year family-run crack cocaine ring was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Buffalo today.

Theresa Anderson, a 57-year-old Buffalo resident, was sentenced to 188 months in prison.

Anderson was convicted on charges related to a drug trafficking organization that prosecutors say she ran from several homes she and her family owned on Swinburne and Deshler Streets. Family members operating as her employees sold crack cocaine in the neighborhood.

Anderson and eight other suspects were arrested in February 2012. Investigators believe the drug organization had at that time been running since 2000. The other suspects included Anderson's husband, five of her children or grandchildren, and two boyfriends of Anderson's daughters. All nine defendants have been convicted.

Over the course of the investigation, federal agents seized more than $50,000 in cash and nine homes related to the crimes.