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Mon Dec 12, 2016, 09:42 PM

Flight worker who fled checkpoint guilty of drug smuggling

Source: Associated Press

Flight worker who fled checkpoint guilty of drug smuggling

By BRIAN MELLEY

LOS ANGELES (AP) A former JetBlue flight attendant pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in a cross-country drug smuggling operation that was discovered when she bolted from a screening checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport and abandoned a suitcase loaded with 60 pounds of cocaine.

Marsha Gay Reynolds, a former Jamaican beauty queen and New York University track athlete, faces a mandatory 10-year prison term when sentenced March 3 in federal court on a single count of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine.

Reynolds, 32, acknowledged earning thousands of dollars to help smuggle drugs and money through airport security at LAX and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by using her "known crew member" status to breeze past security and then transfer the contraband to a co-conspirator.

Airline employees with the clearance can bypass typical screening, even during personal travel in the U.S., but can be randomly searched.

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