Flight attendant accused of leaving behind cocaine stash arrested in NY

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Flight Attendant Arrested After Cocaine Found in Luggage

LOS ANGELES, March 23 (Reuters) - A flight attendant who ran from Los Angeles International Airport moments before a search turned up 66 pounds (30 kg) of cocaine in her luggage surrendered to authorities in New York on Wednesday, law enforcement officials said.

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The suspect, who was not identified by name, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles, said Special Agent Timothy Massino of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Massino declined to release further information about the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

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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
Marsha Reynolds, Flight Attendant that escaped after dropping 70lbs of cocaine is in custody https://t.co/oIqjHQl4dr https://t.co/ByEhKa6Z1d
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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Law enforcement officials have not said which airline employed the flight attendant.

Authorities have previously said that the woman fled a terminal at LAX on Friday evening when she was selected for a random screening, prompting a search that turned up the cocaine in her carry-on bags.

NBC News reported on its website that the woman escaped from the airport on foot after making a nervous phone call in a language not recognized by officers, leaving behind a pair of designer shoes.

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