Jetblue Flight Attendant Busted With 70 Pounds Of Cocaine At LAX
A Jetblue flight attendant ran off on the plug when she was busted trying to smuggle 70 pounds of cocaine through a security checkpoint at the Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday.
Here’s the scoop via the New York Daily News:
Marsha Gay Reynolds appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court supported by family, her minister, and a former city councilman with a checkered past. She faces at least 10 years in prison if convicted.
She was cleared for takeoff on $500,000 bail until Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicia Washington requested a stay until an appeal could be heard by a federal magistrate judge in Los Angeles.
The prosecutor argued that last Friday’s bizarre incident in which Reynolds abandoned two pieces of luggage after she was randomly selected for checkpoint screening was not her first try at drug smuggling.
Reynolds, 31, kicked off her Gucci shoes and fled the airport leaving behind the coke valued at $3 million. She somehow made her way home later to Queens where she surrendered to authorities on Wednesday.
“The defendant’s co-conspirator also has tried to flee to Jamaica (the Caribbean Island) as recently as last night,” Washington told Magistrate Viktor Pohorelsky.
Reynolds’ unidentified guy pal has access to forged travel documents, Washington said.
Defense lawyer Dennis Ring said negotiations for his client to surrender in L.A. blew up when the coke case went viral in the media.
Reynolds is a former beauty queen in Jamaica, where she was born, a graduate of New York University, and is studying to be a nurse at Mercy College while working for JetBlue. She has been suspended from her job.
The judge okayed the bail bond which will be secured by homes owned by Reynolds’ mom and the Pentecostal minister. She would be required to stay at her parents’ home in Queens but could attend school.
Wearing a white blouse with black polka dots, jeans and gray Converse sneakers instead of Guccis, Reynolds did not speak in court.
Allan Jennings, who was accused of sexual harassment when he served in the city council, said he was a spokesman for Reynolds’ family.
“Miss Reynolds is a very good young woman,,” Jennings said. “She’s done all the right things in life except for this one situation.”
Jennings said he would not characterize the co-conspirator referred to by the prosecutor as Reynolds’ boyfriend.
“She may not have been fully aware of what was in the bags,” Jennings said, adding that she got out of L.A. on Friday night not long after she was stopped, using her JetBlue credentials which were still in effect until yesterday.
Asked if she would flip for the government, Jennings said: “I can’t talk about whether she’s cooperating. It’s not in her best interest to talk about that in public.”
Homegirl knew exactly what was in that luggage, that’s why she was running through the airport like Usain Bolt.
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