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L.A. woman busted for 100s of pounds of drugs

June 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A California socialite has been arrested in a major drug bust. Investigators say she filled a private jet with more than 500 pounds of marijuana. It was all packed in 13 suitcases.Authorities say this wasn't the first time that Lisette Lee had done this, that this was actually her fourth such trip. Now the aspiring actress and socialite is facing federal drug charges.

Lee arrived in Columbus, Ohio, aboard a chartered Gulfstream jet. She was with a bodyguard and two assistants.

"She told investigators that she was coming here to meet a boyfriend and she was just transporting some luggage here," said Fred Alverson, U.S. Attorney's Office public affairs officer.

According to the arrest warrant, the 28-year-old from Beverly Hills was in Ohio on a business trip, accused of transporting drugs to a buyer in the Midwest.

"The investigation is now looking at where was this marijuana was supposed to go -- was Columbus the final destination? Was it going to be parsed out here and put on the streets of Columbus? Or was it intended to go to another destination? So that's information that investigators are looking at and hope to have a better answer for over the next few weeks," said Alverson.

Prosecutors say the investigation started when the Drug Enforcement Agency in Los Angeles noticed Lee's chartered flight out of Van Nuys Airport was loaded with 13 suitcases. When the plane landed in Columbus Tuesday, DEA agents were waiting and watching as the luggage was unloaded into three vans.

Agents stopped the cars and found 23 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 500 pounds, and that wasn't all of it. Lee told authorities she was carrying more drugs in her personal bag. Agents found 34 grams of cocaine, 33 grams of marijuana, and a ledger that showed drug profits of more than $300,000.

Lee has been released on bail. Calls to her attorneys have not been returned. She faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on these federal drug charges.

The plane was leased from G&L Aviation in Los Angeles. Calls to the company were not returned to Eyewitness News.


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