In Meili Cady‘s compulsively readable memoir Smoke: How a Small-Town Girl Accidentally Wound Up Smuggling 7,000 Pounds of Marijuana With the Pot Princess of Beverly Hills, we meet a young, bright-eyed Cady as she moves to Los Angeles to become a struggling actress and gets snagged in the web of master manipulator Lisette Lee. Lee claimed to be the “the Korean Paris Hilton,” and an heir to the Samsung fortune. In the name of friendship, Lee hired Cady to be her “personal assistant,” a job that required taking private jets to Ohio, an ostensibly fabulous perk that was — whoops — the front for a million-dollar pot smuggling operation.
If you’ve read the Rolling Stone article on Lee’s life, “The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills,” you have an idea of how long the high life lasted, and the truth that came out after the fall. I had the chance to talk to Cady about what it was like to be a twentysomething drug smuggler, and where she’s going from here.