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NBCLA Report Trumps Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County

Local TV news reports anchoring a Sweeps month like November often smack of desperate sensationalism. A salacious angle is exploited, with screaming teaser headlines followed by a sometimes disappointing reveal.

But there’s none of that polluting Joel Grover‘s account of a church-going OC housewife. After her husband became terminally ill, the mother of two stumbled into ferrying bricks of cocaine from LA to New Orleans, stuffing the contraband in her commercial airline luggage and wrapping the kilos with sheets of fabric softener.

Grover’s Jane Doe was eventually caught and turned government informant, leading to the frightening centerpiece point-blank 1994 hotel room surveillance video. She decided to contact the reporter after a recent health scare.

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