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    Lawyer: Woman In Pot On Plane Case Had Identity Crisis Friday, January 28, 2011 7:48 AM WBNS-10TV COLUMBUS, Ohio — The attorney for a woman accused of
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      Lawyer: Woman In Pot On Plane Case Had 'Identity Crisis'
      Friday, January 28, 2011 7:48 AM
      WBNS-10TV

      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,"
      Owen said.

      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.

      Stay with 10TV News and 10TV.com for continuing coverage.

      http://www.10tv.com/live/content/local/stories/2011/01/28/story-columbus-lisette-lee-marijuana-plane-plea.html?sid=102
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