Meili E. Cady, 24, Los Angeles has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Columbus to conspiracy to distribute more than 220 pound (100 kilograms) of marijuana in connection with the Lisette Lee drug trafficking case. Lee is accused of organizing twelve drug trafficking trips to Ohio between November 2009 and June 2010. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents took Lee into custody June 14th after she landed in a jet at Lane Aviation at Port Columbus with 13 suitcases that agents say were filled with marijuana. She was charged by a federal grand jury with 12 counts of possessing 220 pounds or more of marijuana with intent to distribute, and one count of conspiring to distribute 2,200 pounds or more of marijuana.Cady’s conspiracy charge carries a five-year minimum prison sentence. The maximum penalty is 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine but she will likely get a shorter sentence because her cooperation with federal authorities and lack of criminal past allows the judge to impose a shorter sentence.
Lee made headlines shortly after she was arrested by claiming she was an heiress to the Samsung fortune on her mother’s side and an heiress to the Sony fortune on her father’s side. Samsung has denied Lee’s claim that she is the granddaughter of Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull.