Local cops ready to probe Marsha Gay Reynolds drug links
Following news that Marsha Gay Reynolds' partner in crime fled to Jamaica days after she arrested for drug trafficking crime in the United States, Jamaica's law enforcement officials say they could initiate criminal investigation with a view to taking him before the courts.
Reynolds, a former JetBlue flight attendant who kicked off her Gucci shoes and ran after she was caught attempting to smuggle nearly 70 pounds of cocaine through the Los Angeles International Airport, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine on Monday.
In court documents, the US Government identified her co-conspirator as G.B. The Government said G.B. was not legally in the United States, would steal the identities of mentally disabled individuals including M.W. and J.B. so that he could obtain passports and driver's licenses in their names that he, in turn, would use to fly on commercial airlines with either cocaine or money generated from the sale of cocaine.
According to the documents, G.B. fled from the United States to Jamaica by using the false name of J.B. to board American Airlines flight number 2243 from JFK to Miami and American Airlines flight number 1589 from Miami to Jamaica on March 23, 2016. This was five days after Reynolds attempted to smuggle the drugs through the airport, a crime for which she now faces a minimum 10-year mandatory prison term.
Contacted today, Senior Superintendent of Police McArthur Sutherland, head of the Narcotics Division, said he only now being made aware of the alleged activities of G.B. and his possible connections to Jamaica.
"This is new information to me. I have initiated a process right now to determine whether or not there is sufficient reason to pursue an active investigation here in Jamaica," Sutherland said.
Thom Mrozek, spokesperson in the United States Attorney's Office, has said it is possible additional people may be charged in relation to the matter for which Reynolds has pleaded guilty. However, it appears that Jamaica's law enforcement officials have not been contacted to assist with the investigations.
"I have not received any request from the United States in relation to this particular matter for any support," Sutherland told THE STAR Online.
"If we should be approach we would be willing to provide any support that is needed but at this time we don't have an active local investigation in that regard," he added.