Notorious Beverly Hills gangster Lisette Lee, also known as the "Pot Princess of Beverly Hills," lived a mysterious life of privilege and luxury—and falsely claimed to be an heiress to the Samsung corporation—until her arrest for drug-trafficking in 2010. At a young age, Lee moved from South Korea to Beverly Hills, California, where she took on various personalities to manipulate those around her. She went to great lengths to get what she wanted, allegedly kidnapping men, setting up surveillance and wiretapping "Team LL"—her crew of minions. Working with her love interest, David Garrett, Lee moved 7,000 pounds of pot from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio, over 14 different trips.
Lisette Lee, also known as the "Pot Princess of Beverly Hills," lived a mysterious life of privilege and luxury for years—all the while falsely claiming to be an heiress to the Samsung corporation—until she was arrested for narcotics trafficking in 2010. The product of an illicit multi-national love affair, Lee was adopted at a young age and moved from her native South Korea to Beverly Hills, California, where she took on various personalities to manipulate those around her.
Lee went to great lengths to get what she wanted, allegedly kidnapping men, setting up surveillance and wiretapping "Team LL"—her crew of minions. The team was formed after Lee became romantically entangled with David Garrett, a street level drug dealer who partnered with her to move mass amounts of marijuana. Lee chartered a private jet, Garrett got the drugs and the squad transported pot on more than a dozen commercial flights from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio.
Arrest in Ohio
In June 2010, a 28-year-old Lee was arrested by officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration at Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio's capital after arriving there on a chartered jet from Van Nuys, California, with 13 large suitcases, two assistants and a bodyguard. Inside the suitcases, officials reportedly found more than 500 pounds of marijuana, estimated at $500,000. When questioned, Lee told officials that she was a model and a recording artist, and that she was transporting items to a horse farm-owning boyfriend in Ohio. She was charged with felony counts of possession of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Conviction and Sentencing
In February 2011, Lee pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 1 ton of marijuana. In July of that same year, she was sentenced to six years in federal prison for drug trafficking by U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley. A plea deal reportedly allowed her to received a reduced sentence (to the mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence) for her crime. In addition to her prison time, Lee was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.
In all, Lee admitted to transporting nearly 7,000 pounds—more than 3 tons—of marijuana from Los Angeles to Columbus over 14 different trips.
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