Lawyer: Woman In Pot On Plane Case Had 'Identity Crisis'
- Lawyer: Woman In Pot On Plane Case Had 'Identity Crisis'
Friday, January 28, 2011 7:48 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The attorney for a woman accused of trafficking
hundreds of pounds of marijuana to Columbus said Thursday she was
trying to fit in with a bad crowd.
Lisette Lee told her attorney that she is willing to accept full
responsibility for her actions, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.
Lee, 29, who claimed she is an heir to the Samsung fortune, was
charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. She has been held in
federal custody since her June 14 arrest in Columbus with 13 suitcases
that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said contained more than
500 pounds of marijuana.
At the time of her arrest, Lee told detectives that she had no idea
where the drugs came from.
Her attorney, James Owen, said that Lee is not an heir to the Samsung
family but is a distant relative.
According to Owen, Lee said that she did not become a drug trafficker
for the money but to gain an identity. She blamed her fall because of
the people she was associated with.
"She was having relationship issues," Owen said. "She met some
people. As a result of that, (she) made some unfortunate mistakes and
(broke) the law."
Lee told her attorney that he life started changing after she failed
to land a role in the 2007 movie "Rush Hour 3."
According to Owen, Lee said that she had a difficult time being the
daughter of adoptive parents and never knew her biological parents
even though they supported her financially.
"She has a Korean mother and a Japanese father," Owen said. "Both of
whom are prominent in their communities."
Owen said that Lee decided to change her plea earlier this month after
she consulted with her family and wants to put the embarrassment of
her crime behind.
"She's very remorseful, especially for the embarrassment that it's
caused both her biological and adoptive family and that's why she
wants to accept responsibility and put her at the mercy of the court,"
Lee is scheduled to enter her plea on Feb. 4, Landers reported.
According to Owen, when she enters her plea, Lee will reveal more
about the case against her, including naming the person who she
believes set up the drug operation.
Lee faces 10 years to life in prison, Landers reported.
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