Flight attendant flees LA airport, cocaine found in bags

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LOS ANGELES, March 21 (Reuters) - A flight attendant fled when she was selected for a random screening at Los Angeles International Airport, prompting a search that turned up 66 pounds (30 kg) of cocaine in her carry-on bags, a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman said on Monday.

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The woman, who had arrived at the terminal on Friday for a flight, abandoned her belongings before escaping on foot, Special Agent Timothy Massino said. The DEA declined further comment on the case while an investigation was under way.

A law enforcement source said that the flight attendant had been identified by investigators but not apprehended as of Monday evening.

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This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Airport Police shows multiple packages of cocaine wrapped in green cellophane that was apprehended at Los Angeles International Airport. JetBlue flight attendant accused of trying to sneak a suitcase full of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport and making a dramatic dash to escape says she might not have been sure what was in her bag, a spokesman for her said Thursday, March 24, 2016, as prosecutors suggested she had smuggled before. (Los Angeles Airport Police via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Airport Police shows multiple packages of cocaine wrapped in green cellophane that was apprehended at Los Angeles International Airport. JetBlue flight attendant accused of trying to sneak a suitcase full of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport and making a dramatic dash to escape says she might not have been sure what was in her bag, a spokesman for her said Thursday, March 24, 2016, as prosecutors suggested she had smuggled before. (Los Angeles Airport Police via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Vanessa Reynold, (R) mother of Marsha Reynold, a flight attendant charged with possession with intent to distribute 70 pounds (32 kg) of cocaine, exits the Brooklyn Federal Court following an hearing in the Brooklyn borough of New York March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Vanessa Reynold, (L) mother of Marsha Reynold, a flight attendant charged with possession with intent to distribute 70 pounds (32 kg) of cocaine, and other family members exit the Brooklyn Federal Court following an hearing in the Brooklyn borough of New York March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Attorney's spokesman Allan Jennings, speaks to the press outside the Brooklyn Federal Court following a hearing for Marsha Reynold, a flight attendant charged with possession with intent to distribute 70 pounds (32 kg) of cocaine, in the Brooklyn borough of New York March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Attorney's spokesman Allan Jennings, speaks to the press outside the Brooklyn Federal Court following a hearing for Marsha Reynold, a flight attendant charged with possession with intent to distribute 70 pounds (32 kg) of cocaine, in the Brooklyn borough of New York March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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LAX Smuggling Case: Marsha Reynolds was in court in Brooklyn. No plea & no Gucci's. She was wearing gray Converse sneakers per @TracyConnor
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Authorities did not say which airline she worked for and there were conflicting media reports.

NBC News reported on its website that the woman ran from the terminal after making a nervous phone call in a language not recognized by officers and left behind a pair of designer shoes as she fled on an escalator.

Los Angeles Airport Police and the Transportation Safety Administration declined comment on Monday.

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