As a JetBlue flight attendant, Marsha Gay Reynolds was betting big that TSA agents wouldn't screen her bags as she attempted to board a flight from LAX to LaGuardia last week. After all, flight attendants are typically subjected to very minimal searches. But this time, her bags were randomly selected to be searched — bags that contained 70 pounds of cocaine valued at an estimated $2 million, Trojan Magnum condoms and clothes. The cocaine packages were wrapped in green saran wrap and was labelled "BIG Ranch," according to officials.
TSA agents reported that before she fled the scene, Reynolds nervously called an unidentified person and spoke in an unfamiliar language. Then, shortly before her bags were to be searched, she kicked off her size 8.5 Gucci shoes and booked it out of the airport. News stories about the abandoned cocaine cache broke last week, but Reynolds had yet to be identified or found. But on March 23, after catching a flight to New York City and spending a few days in a Hilton hotel, Reynolds turned herself in to authorities and was subsequently arrested by the D.E.A.
As of now, there's no word of how Reynolds became a drug mule for a high-level drug enterprise. What is known is that she's listed as a member of NYU's 2004 women’s track and field team, and was a runner-up in the 2007 Miss Jamaica Universe pageant.
And if you're wondering, the answer is yes: This all sounds like Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," his 1997 film that follows a down-on-her-luck flight attendant who gets caught attempting to smuggle cash on a flight and subsequently chooses to work for the police.