CARIBBEAN: Former J’can beauty queen who ditched cocaine at LAX to plead guilty

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CARIBBEAN: Former J’can beauty queen who ditched cocaine at LAX to plead guilty

marshaJAMAICA OBSERVER – A former JetBlue flight attendant accused of trying to sneak a suitcase full of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and making a dramatic dash to escape is set to plead guilty in the case in federal court on Monday.

Marsha Gay Reynolds is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine in federal court, according to court documents. A conviction on that charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.

Reynolds, a US citizen and resident of Queens, New York, is a former Jamaican beauty queen and New York University track athlete.

Authorities said they found 70 pounds of cocaine in her luggage at LAX on March 18 after she was flagged for a random security screening, flung off her high heels and bolted barefoot down an upward-moving escalator. They said she ran out of the terminal and made her way to New York.

Reynolds, 31 at the time, surrendered in New York days later.

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