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LA woman gets 6 yrs in CA-Ohio pot scheme

This undated file photo provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration shows Lisette Lee. A federal judge in Ohio has handed down a six-year prison term and $20,000 fine to Lee, who helped transport thousands of pounds of marijuana hidden in suitcases on flights from California to Ohio. (Drug Enforcement Administration)

June 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Los Angeles woman accused of transporting marijuana on her family's private jet will spend six years behind bars.

U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley sentenced 29-year-old Lisette Lee Friday to six years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Marbley acknowledged that Lisette Lee appeared to understand the seriousness of what she got involved with when she began coordinating flights on the private jet in 2009.

But Marbley said the impact of so much marijuana on the streets of Columbus was "immeasurable," and he questioned how someone who came from such a privileged background could have participated in such a far-reaching conspiracy.

Lee pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana.

Authorities said Lee helped transport and distribute about 7,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in suitcases on flights from Southern California to Ohio from November 2009 to April 2010. Officials said she made more than $3 million.

In a short statement, Lee said there was no way to describe the regret and shame she felt for her involvement and the effect on her family.

"It makes me sick to my stomach that I turned my back on the integrity they raised me with," Lee said.

Marbley agreed to the request Lee serve her time in a low-security California prison for female inmates with a rehabilitation program that could reduce her sentence if she completes it successfully. He rejected a request Lee be released from jail and allowed to travel on her own to the prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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