Ex-JetBlue Flight Attendant Accused of Smuggling Cocaine Into LAX Pleads Guilty

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Marsha Gay Reynold, pictured left; LAX police tweeted and deleted this photo of cocaine discovered in a flight attendant’s luggage in March 2016.(Credit: Mona S. Edwards / Los Angeles Airport Police Dept.)

A former JetBlue Airways flight attendant who is accused of smuggling nearly 60 pounds of cocaine into the Los Angeles International Airport pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in federal court in Los Angeles, officials said.

Marsha Gay Reynolds, 31, of Queens, N.Y., was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after she abandoned two carry-on luggage bags at a security checkpoint on March 18. She had been randomly selected for a search when she kicked off her heels and dashed out of the airport, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Appearing in a downtown courtroom, Reynolds entered the guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. At her sentencing scheduled for March 13, she faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Reynolds is a U.S. citizen born in Jamaica who had competed in beauty pageants in the past. She was studying to become a nurse while working for JetBlue, her former attorney said.

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