JetBlue Flight Attendant From Queens Who Fled Airport After Attempt To Smuggle Cocaine Pleads Guilty In Scheme

Her bag­gage now includes a felony conviction.

The JetBlue flight atten­dant from Queens who kicked off her design­er heels and sprint­ed down an up esca­la­tor when caught with 60 pounds of cocaine in her lug­gage at LAX last March plead­ed guilty to con­spir­a­cy Monday. Marsha Gay Reynolds, 32, appeared in Los Angeles fed­er­al court wear­ing a white jail uni­form and entered her plea to one felony count of con­spir­a­cy to pos­sess with intent to distribute.She faces 10 years to life in prison at her sen­tenc­ing set for March 13.

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She’s doing fine. She’s not a jail­bird,” her lawyer Stuart Goldfarb told the Daily News after the hear­ing. “This is the first time she’s been charged with any­thing like this.” He declined to say how much his client knew about the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar cocaine traf­fick­ing scheme, but stressed Reynolds’ plea was not tied to any agree­ment with pros­e­cu­tors to tes­ti­fy against pos­si­ble co-con­spir­a­tors. “If some­one accepts respon­si­bil­i­ty, there’s a pos­si­bil­i­ty of (her) get­ting less time,” he said. “(But) she’s not coop­er­at­ing. She’s not doing that.”

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The Jamaica-born for­mer beau­ty pageant con­tes­tant — a run­ner-up in the Miss Jamaica World pageant in 2008 — was paid thou­sands of dol­lars to smug­gle car­ry-on bags through air­port screen­ing check­points and then hand them off to a co-con­spir­a­tor on the oth­er side before the indi­vid­ual board­ed flights, pros­e­cu­tors said.

As a JetBlue employ­ee, Reynolds had access to the Known Crew Member (KCM) check­points that are gen­er­al­ly exempt from TSA bag­gage screen­ing except in rare cas­es of ran­dom searches.

Authorities say she left behind 60 pounds of cocaine after flinging off her heels and running from security at Los Angeles International Airport.

Authorities say she left behind 60 pounds of cocaine after flinging off her heels and running from security at Los Angeles International Airport.


Prosecutors said Reynolds and the co-con­spir­a­tor — iden­ti­fied only by the ini­tials G.B. in court records — trav­eled togeth­er between New York and Los Angeles on mul­ti­ple flights between October 2015 and March 2016.

It was March 18 that Reynolds was attempt­ing to get the 60 pounds of cocaine through a KCM check­point at Los Angeles International Airport when she was flagged by the com­put­er for a bag search.

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She became vis­i­bly agi­tat­ed and spoke to some­one on her cell phone in what sound­ed like a for­eign lan­guage before she ditched her shoes and made her dar­ing dash, leav­ing the bags behind, court doc­u­ments said. Security offi­cials opt­ed to wor­ry about the risk posed by the aban­doned lug­gage rather than chase after her, and she dis­ap­peared from the ter­mi­nal, the court paper­work said. Her co-con­spir­a­tor board­ed a flight and lat­er tried to per­suade Reynolds to flee to Jamaica, author­i­ties said. Instead, Reynolds staffed a flight back to New York on March 19, then failed to show up for work the next day, accord­ing to court documents.

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She was arrest­ed March 23 after meet­ing with G.B. in New York and receiv­ing a “burn­er phone” to com­mu­ni­cate with­out gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance, court doc­u­ments said. Already in the U.S. ille­gal­ly and using stolen iden­ti­ties, G.B. board­ed a flight from New York to Miami on March 23 and then fled to Jamaica, author­i­ties said. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles said he couldn’t com­ment on any effort to find and charge G.B., call­ing the case an ongo­ing inves­ti­ga­tion.‑1.2908347