(NEW YORK) — The JetBlue flight attendant accused of attempting to smuggle nearly 70 pounds of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport will remain in custody in a New York jail.
The judge overseeing the case, Viktor V. Pohorelsky, had originally granted 31-year-old Marsha Reynolds $500,000 bail during a hearing in a Brooklyn court Thursday, a decision he made in large part because she surrendered herself, he said.
But a judge in Los Angeles, from where she fled to New York, overturned the decision late Thursday. She will remain in police custody until April 7, when she will appear in front of a California court.
It is unclear when she will be transported to California by U.S. Marshals.
Reynolds was charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine after she allegedly dropped a suitcase full of the drugs at an airport security checkpoint at LAX airport on March 18, before fleeing. She turned herself into authorities in New York Wednesday.
If convicted, Reynolds could face 10 years to life in prison.
A family spokesman, Allan Jennings, said after Thursday’s bail hearing that Reynolds maintains she did not know what was inside the bag when she was at the airport.
Reynolds is a former beauty pageant contestant and has been an employee of JetBlue for six years. She is also a full-time nursing student.
JetBlue had issued a statement saying, “We are cooperating with authorities on their investigation.”
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