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Flight attendant flees Los Angeles airport after random screening, leaves cocaine behind

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle 23/03/2016 Matt Levin
A flight attendant fled a airport after the TSA chose her for a random screening. She left behind almost 70 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated value of $2 million. Credit: Los Angeles Airport Police © Hearst Newspapers A flight attendant fled a airport after the TSA chose her for a random screening. She left behind almost 70 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated value of $2 million. Credit: Los Angeles Airport Police

A flight attendant dropped her bags, kicked off her shoes and sprinted out of the Los Angeles International Airport after being selected for a random screening. The behavior, you could say, was suspicious.

Those initial qualms proved to be founded. Los Angeles Airport police discovered an estimated 70 pounds of cocaine in her baggage,according to the Los Angeles Times. The unidentified woman remained at large, leaving behind a pair of Gucci heels, NBC News reported. She was believed to be a flight attendant for JetBlue.

Airline employees and airport staff don'€™t face security screenings every time they arrive for a flight. Marshall McClain, president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, told the LA Times it'€™s unlikely this is her first time exploiting her credentials. 

"€œI don't believe anybody would trust a mule with that amount of dope the first time out," he said. "€œYou're talking about $2 million worth of cocaine.... That's pretty troubling. This is more than likely not her first time doing this."€

McClain said he believes all airline employees should go through full security.

Her escape was captured on video, which has not yet been released. She ran with her luggage to an escalator before ditching the bags and her designer shoes. She then climbed down an "up" escalator and made her way out of the airport. 

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