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Flight Attendant Possibly Unaware of Cocaine in Bag: Spokesman

Marsha Gay Reynolds is "a good person," her family's spokesman said

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    Flight Attendant Accused of Ditching Cocaine Held on $500K

    The JetBlue flight attendant who fled a security check — allegedly leaving behind 70 pounds of cocaine and her Gucci shoes — might not have known the powerful drugs were in her luggage, a spokesman for her family and defense team said. John Chandler reports. (Published Friday, March 25, 2016)

    The JetBlue flight attendant who fled a security check — allegedly leaving behind 70 pounds of cocaine and her Gucci shoes — might not have known the drugs were in her luggage, a spokesman for her family and defense team said. 

    Allan Jennings said Thursday that "more of this story will come out" when asked about why Marsha Gay Reynolds ran from a security check at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday after being selected for a random screening. 

    "Everything is not as it seems to be," Jennings said.

    Reynolds turned herself in to authorities in New York City on Wednesday and is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, a federal crime. On Thursday she was ordered to be held in lieu of $500,000 bond by a federal magistrate.

    She will likely stay in custody until at least Friday. The magistrate is giving federal prosecutors in Los Angeles 24 hours to appeal the bail decision before Reynolds can be released.

    After the court hearing Thursday, Jennings said Reynolds is "a good person and she's done everything right in her life until now."

    Reynolds went on the lam Friday night after she showed up for a flight out of Los Angeles International Airport and was selected for a random screening.

    The attendant — who normally would get to bypass bag screening as a crew member — became visibly nervous and made a phone call in a "foreign language," Transportation Security Administration officers told police.

    As she was being escorted to the front of the screening area, she kept trailing behind and then suddenly bolted toward an elevator, dropping her roller bags and taking off her designer shoes, authorities said.

    She ran down an up escalator, out of the building and disappeared. Inside her bag, police found 11 bricks of cocaine wrapped in green plastic and placed into yellow or white envelopes, clothing, a package of condoms and $5.38 in cash.

    While an investigation was underway, Reynolds was able to hop a JetBlue flight to the East Coast on Saturday, sources told NBC News. Jennings said Thursday that she boarded the flight using her clearance as a JetBlue flight attendant.

    Jennings said she decided to turn herself in with her mother after learning authorities were looking for her.