Woman gets 6 years in Calif.-to-Ohio pot scheme

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | June 10, 2011 | 12:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio has handed down a six-year prison term and $20,000 fine to a woman who helped transport thousands of pounds of marijuana hidden in suitcases on flights from California to Ohio.

U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley sentenced 29-year-old Lisette Lee on Friday. She pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana

Earlier this week, Lee, originally from Los Angeles, wrote the judge saying she regrets getting involved in drugs and asking that her sentence be no more than the year she has already spent in jail.

Federal authorities say Lee was the primary courier for a scheme that distributed about 7,000 pounds of marijuana and made more than $3 million from November 2009 through April 2010.