The airline employee who allegedly tried to smuggle nearly 70 pounds of cocaine onto a plane has been arrested in New York City, a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said.DEA agents say Marsha Gay Reynolds surrendered to authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Wednesday.
Reynolds was pulled aside on March 18 for a random screening at Los Angeles International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer noticed Reynolds becoming nervous. She then pulled out her phone and made a cell phone call in a language the officer didn’t understand, FBI Special Agency Trayvon Barnes wrote in an affidavit.
When she was being escorted to a secondary screening area, Reynolds remained on the phone and then took off her shoes, dropped her bags and ran down an up escalator, Barnes wrote.
A responding airport police officer couldn’t find Reynolds, but the bags were inspected and the drugs were found.
In Reynolds’ two carry-on bags, investigators found about 68 1/2 pounds of cocaine in 11 packages individually wrapped in green cellophane, according to the complaint.
Each was labeled “BIG Ranch.”
Reynolds was apparently a contestant in the 2008 Miss Jamaica World pageant. She came in second runner-up, according to a photo posted of the finalists.
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