Flight Attendant Who Fled TSA Security Check, Accused Of Trying To Sneak Cocaine, Authorities Say

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A flight attendant who fled from authorities during a security screening at Los Angeles International Airport has now been arrested. Authorities say she surrendered at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens two days after the incident. Authorities say they found about 70 pounds of cocaine in her bag.

Marsha Gay Reynolds was a JetBlue flight attendant who left behind the mountain of cocaine after flinging off her heels and running from security, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

The LA Times reports that airport and airline staff aren’t usually subject to security screenings at LAX, but Reynolds was selected at random. She became nervous and made a cellphone call in a foreign language at that time, a complaint says. Once they arrived at the screening area, Reynolds kicked off her heels, dropped her bags and ran away from the checkpoint, running the wrong way down an escalator as she headed toward Terminal 5, the complaint said. TSA agents did not to chase Reynolds because they were concerned her bags might contain explosives, according to the complaint. After investigating authorities found eleven individually wrapped packages of cocaine, court papers say.

Pictured: Marsha Gay Reynolds/Facebook

Pictured: Marsha Gay Reynolds/Facebook

The cocaine weighed in at just over 68 pounds, and wholesale the drugs would be worth about $750,000 in Los Angeles, said Special Agent Timothy Massino, a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. On the streets of Los Angeles, Massino said the retail value of the cocaine could be as high as $3 million, says CBS News.

“With her bringing this amount of narcotics in the airport, chances are this wasn’t her first time through,” said Marshall McClain, head of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association. “We’re hoping this is a wake-up call to airport management as well as federal legislators.”

Reynolds is now charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute, according to U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek.

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