Los Angeles Flight Attendant Surrenders to Police After Luggage Holding 70 Pounds of Cocaine Is Found

Marsha Gay Reynolds
Marsha Gay Reynolds

A flight attendant who fled an LAX security checkpoint, abandoning nearly 70 pounds of cocaine in her luggage, surrendered to federal drug agents in New York City on Wednesday, authorities said.

Marsha Gay Reynolds was named as the suspect in a federal criminal complaint charging her with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

She was employed by JetBlue airlines, an anonymous federal law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times.

A spokesman for federal prosecutors in L.A. County said Reynolds is 31 and a resident of Jamaica, New York — a neighborhood in Queens.

Reynolds allegedly kicked off her shoes and ran when she was pulled aside for a random screening at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 4 about 7 p.m. Friday, March 18.

A Transportation Security Administration officer noticed Reynolds becoming nervous, and she made a cellphone call in a language the officer didn’t understand, FBI Special Agent Trayvon Barnes wrote in an affidavit.

When she was being escorted to a secondary screening area, Reynolds remained on the phone and then took off her shoes, dropped her bags and ran down an up escalator, Barnes wrote.

A responding airport police officer couldn’t find Reynolds, but the bags were inspected and the drugs were found.

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