JetBlue attendant who dumped cocaine and dashed nabbed in New York

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JetBlue Flight Attendant Accused Of Abandoning Cocaine-Filled Luggage At LAX Arrested In New York

NEW YORK, March 24 (Reuters) - A JetBlue flight attendant and former sprinter appeared in federal court in New York on Thursday, six days after authorities say she dropped a bag containing almost 70 pounds (32 kg) of cocaine at Los Angeles International Airport, took off her shoes and dashed away.

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Marsha Reynolds, 31, of Queens, a New York borough, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

A U.S. magistrate judge in Brooklyn granted her release on a $500,000 bond but put the order on hold until Friday to allow a judge in California, where she would face trial, to weigh in.

Prosecutors also said in court they were searching for an unidentified co-conspirator involved in the case but offered few details.

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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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The JetBlue Airways Corp employee, a college sprinter and a former beauty pageant contestant, was randomly selected for additional security screening on Friday evening at Los Angeles airport's Terminal 4. She had two carry-on bags and a large purse, according to authorities.

A Transportation Security Administration employee told an FBI agent that Reynolds made a phone call and spoke in a foreign language. After she was escorted to a screening area, she dropped her luggage, took off her shoes and sprinted out of the terminal.

The TSA worker did not pursue her in order to secure the luggage, which contained 11 packages of cocaine weighing a total of 68.5 pounds, according to court documents.

Reynolds turned herself in to federal agents on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. She was apparently able to board a flight from Los Angeles after the incident using her airline identification.

A spokesman for the family told reporters there was "more to the story" and that additional facts would emerge as the case proceeded.

JetBlue representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Prosecutors said she has worked for the airline for six years and has been suspended due to the incident. (Reporting by Brendan McDermid; Writing by Joseph Ax; Editing by Alan Crosby)

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