A mother and daughter were arrested last week after they arrived at Dallas Love Field with more than 60 pounds of marijuana in their luggage, police say.
Bridget Deque Wilkins, 41, and Victoria Denee Wilkins, 22, both of Los Angeles, each face one second-degree felony count of possession of marijuana.
According to an arrest-warrant affidavit, a detective working at the airport Thursday morning smelled marijuana coming from a bag being unloaded from Southwest Flight 3040 from Los Angeles to Dallas. A drug-detection dog, Ballentine, also gave a positive alert to the luggage.
The detective took that bag, which had been checked by Bridget Wilkins, and three others belonging to the pair. The detective later saw the two women at Southwest’s baggage office complaining about their missing luggage, the affidavit says.
When officers approached the women, Bridget Wilkins said she and her daughter were visiting Dallas for the weekend but, asked where she was staying, said she hadn’t booked a hotel. She admitted there was marijuana in her suitcase, the affidavit says, and consented to a search of her luggage.
Police wrote in the affidavit that Bridget Wilkins was wearing a backpack with a Los Angeles Police Department badge on it, noting that it’s not unusual for drug smugglers “to display law enforcement emblems or insignia” in an attempt to fly under the radar.
Officers reported finding 27 bundles of marijuana in Bridget Wilkins’ bags. The pot had been double-bagged and vacuum-sealed, then placed in larger bags, wrapped in clothing and vacuum-sealed again, police said.
In her daughter’s bags were 36 identically packaged bundles of marijuana, the affidavit says. In all, police reported finding about 62 pounds of pot, which they seized along with the women’s suitcases, clothing and cellphones.
The Wilkinses were booked into the Dallas County jail and have since been released after posting $5,000 bond each.
Court records show that Bridget Wilkins pleaded guilty in 2006 to one count of abandonment and neglect of children in Los Angeles County and was sentenced to five years of probation.
In 2009, she was one of more than 100 people charged in Operation Phish Phry — an FBI investigation into a massive international phishing scheme that bilked hundreds of victims out of $1.5 million. Wilkins pleaded guilty to a single count of wire and bank fraud conspiracy and was sentenced to three years of probation.