- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the arrest of a JetBlue flight attendant accused of trying to smuggle 70 pounds of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport and then bolting through the terminal to escape (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

A spokesman for a flight attendant accused of trying to smuggle a suitcase full of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport and making a dramatic dash to escape says she might not have been sure what was in her bag.

But a prosecutor suggests Marsha Gay Reynolds had done the same thing before. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicia Washington didn’t elaborate further Thursday.

Allan Jennings is a spokesman for Reynold’s defense firm and her family. He says the claim took them by surprise.

Reynolds appeared in a federal court in New York, where she turned herself in Wednesday.

Authorities say they found 70 pounds of cocaine in her luggage at LAX on March 18. They say she was pulled aside for a random security screening, flung off her high heels and bolted.

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3:40 p.m.

A New York judge has set $500,000 bail and ordered home detention for a JetBlue flight attendant accused of trying to smuggle a suitcase full of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport and making a dramatic dash to escape.

But Marsha Gay Reynolds will remain in custody at least until Friday. A federal magistrate judge in New York is giving federal prosecutors in Los Angeles 24 hours to appeal the bail decision before Reynolds can be released.

The 31-year-old Reynolds turned herself in Wednesday in New York.

Authorities say they found 70 pounds of cocaine in her luggage at LAX on March 18 after she was pulled aside for a random security screening. They say she then flung off her high heels and bolted barefoot out of the terminal.

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7:20 a.m.

Authorities say a JetBlue flight attendant accused of using her credentials to attempt to get 70 pounds of cocaine through airport security in Los Angeles before flinging off her heels and fleeing has been arrested in New York.

Federal officials say Marsha Gay Reynolds surrendered Wednesday to federal authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport, though it wasn’t immediately clear how she reached New York.

Reynolds is a New York resident. She was expected to be in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Authorities say Transportation Security Administration officials asked Reynolds to step aside for a random security screening last week. Reynolds went to a secondary screening area but quickly dropped her bag, ditched a pair of Gucci heels and fled barefoot downward on an upward-moving escalator.

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