Lee told Cady she wanted to someday be the godmother to Cady's children.
"It was all pretty elaborate," says Tony Marotta, DEA assistant special agent in charge of Ohio, amazed at the plot's brazenness.
She insisted the two friends seal themselves away with no distractions – Cady's cellphone turned off and no music or TV playing; even the curtains were drawn. Cady was flattered by Lee's jealous attention.
In that safe space, they talked and laughed for hours, getting silly – Cady cracking jokes and doing impressions, Lee deadpanning quotes from her favorite movie, – and confiding every thought and feeling, including their affection for each other. I'm so glad we're best friends," they drunkenly effused.
In Lee's crocodile purse were three cellphones, ,500 in cash, a baggie of cocaine and a hotel notepad scrawled with weights and purchase prices totaling 0,000: a drug ledger.
The Drug Enforcement Administration would ultimately uncover the scope of Lee's trafficking operation, estimating that in just eight months she and six co-conspirators moved 7,000 pounds of weed from California to Ohio, pocketing million in profits.