Lisette Lee, 28, is charged by the Drug Enforcement Administration after agents find more than 506 pounds of pot in 13 suitcases being offloaded from a chartered plane at an Ohio airport. Lee claimed to be a Beverly Hills socialite with connections to multimillion-dollar businesses. It seems like traveling with 13 suitcases would attract attention even though she was accompanied with a small entourage.This was her fourth trip from Van Nuys, California to Columbus, Ohio, and agents from the DEA became suspicious that there was something more to 28-year-old Lisette Lee’s trips than an extensive wardrobe. On Monday the DEA watched as Lee and her entourage unloaded the suitcases into three waiting vehicles. The drug dogs were unleashed on the vehicles and they netted over 500+ pounds of marijuana.
In interviews with agents, Lee claimed she was a model and recording artist. She said that this was her fourth trip and that she could afford the chartered plane — which her family kept on retainer — because she was associated with several multimillion-dollar businesses. Lee was charged with conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute narcotics.
Lee is claiming “no knowledge of any marijuana”. She told agents she had come to visit her boyfriend, who recently had purchased a horse farm in Ohio and asked her to transport some equipment for him. She told officials she did not know his last name. Lee also told agents that she had met a man named David Garrett at a California casino who was an importer/exporter and had recently purchased a horse farm in Ohio. It was unclear if Garrett was the same person as the boyfriend. Lee said she agreed to transport equipment for Garrett’s horse farm.
The system was set up that David Garrett would supply cash to cover the $50,000 charter trips and $10,000 in payments for Lee’s companions. Garrett would deliver 12 to 14 suitcases to Lee’s residences in Los Angeles. Then in Columbus, Lee would drop off the luggage at an area hotel room and leave the key at the front desk. Lee and her companions would remain in Columbus for several days until Garrett summoned her back to the hotel room to bring suitcases back to Los Angeles.
Lee said that she suspected Garrett’s story was false and that she might be engaging in illegal activity, but she believed that they were transporting weapons or money. Richard Isaacson, a special agent for the Detroit Drug Enforcement Administration, said agents are still investigating Lee’s claims. Lee will face a federal judge at a detention hearing Friday, Isaacson said.