Flight attendant who allegedly tried to smuggle 60 pounds of cocaine at LAX surrenders in New York

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Nearly 70 pounds worth of cocaine was found inside a flight attendant's abandoned luggage at LAX. (Photo: DEA via KTLA)

Nearly 70 pounds worth of cocaine was found inside a flight attendant’s abandoned luggage at LAX. (Photo: DEA via KTLA)

NEW YORK — An 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 the flight attendant suddenly took a phone call, kicked off her shoes and ran away — leaving the cocaine-filled luggage behind, according to the union for LAX police officers.

The union said the case is an example of why LAX should screen all people entering the airport, like Miami and Orlando’s international airports do.

“LAX is the top west coast terrorist target and has been the site of airport employees smuggling drugs aboard aircrafts and other criminal activities,” the statement said. “100 percent screening has the potential to stop an “insider” or “lone wolf” terrorist attack and to help decrease the opportunities for airport employees to commit crimes.”

Reynolds will appear in federal court in New York City before she is returned to Los Angeles

CNN contributed to this report.