Former J’can beauty queen pleads not guilty to cocaine charge

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — A JetBlue flight attendant accused of trying to sneak a suitcase full of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge.



City News Service says Marsha Gay Reynolds entered the plea Friday to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.


Authorities say during a random security screening at LAX in March, the former Jamaican beauty queen left her carry-on luggage, kicked off her Gucci high-heels and bolted down an upward-moving escalator.


Authorities said they found about 70 pounds of cocaine in her luggage.


Reynolds, who lives in Queens, later surrendered in New York.


If convicted, she faces 10 years in prison.


Reynolds is a graduate of New York University and is studying to be a nurse at Mercy College while working for JetBlue, the New York
Daily News reported. She has been suspended from her job.


At her bail hearing last month, former New York City Councilman Allan Jennings described her as "a very good young woman".


"She’s done all the right things in life except for this one situation," he said. "She may not have been fully aware of what was in the bags."

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