J'can flight attendant pleads not guilty in drug smuggling case

April 22, 2016
Marsha-Gay Reynolds

Marsha Gay Reynolds, the JetBlue flight attendant who has been accused of transporting US $3 million worth of cocaine in two suitcases at  Los Angeles International Airport, has pleaded not guilty to the crime of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Reynolds, a former Miss Jamaica runner-up, entered the plea when she appeared in court Friday.

A trial has been scheduled for May 31, the United States Attorney’s Office Central District of California told THE STAR.

Authorities said they found 70 pounds of cocaine in her luggage at the airport 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.

Reynolds has been in custody since her arrest as she was ordered held without bail earlier this month.

In court documents obtained by THE STAR, a friend of Reynolds, who is assisting the Government with the investigations, said she ran from the authorities because she "was nervous and scared".

Reynolds claims that she did not know what was in the suitcases.

If she is convicted of the narcotics trafficking offense, Reynolds would face a statutory maximum penalty of life in federal prison, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.