LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A former JetBlue Airways flight attendant who allegedly tried to smuggle nearly 70 pounds of cocaine in her carry-on luggage at Los Angeles International Airport plead guilty Monday to a federal charge.
Marsha Gay Reynolds, 32, plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. The felony charge is punishable by a 10-year mandatory minimum prison term.
Reynolds, of Queens, New York, was initially charged with possession with the intent to distribute, but the allegations against her have expanded to conspiracy involving an unindicted co-conspirator, according to court documents.
On March 18, Reynolds sprinted down an up escalator and out of Terminal 4 at LAX, leaving behind her luggage, after she was randomly selected for secondary screening.
Her abandoned luggage was found to contain 11 individually wrapped packages, labeled “Big Ranch.” The contents tested positive for cocaine, which was worth up to $3 million.
Reynolds worked a JetBlue flight back to New York the following day, and surrendered to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
She was a New-York based JetBlue employee for six years.
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