A mother and daughter were caught with 62 pounds of pot in their luggage at a Dallas airport, police said.
Bridget Deque Wilkins, 41, and Victoria Denee Wilkins, 22, were taken into custody Thursday at Dallas Love Field after a detective and K-9 smelled marijuana emanating from a checked bag just taken off a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Bridget Wilkins told officers that she and her daughter, both of Los Angeles, were visiting Dallas for the weekend, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the newspaper.
The elder Wilkins consented to a search of four bags in total that had been checked by the pair, leading officers to find 27 bundles of pot in her bags and 36 more in her daughter’s luggage, police said.
The marijuana in the suitcases was packaged identically – double-bagged and then vacuum-sealed inside larger bags, according to the affidavit.
Bridget Wilkins was allegedly wearing a backpack emblazoned with a Los Angeles Police Department badge at the time. An officer noted that it’s not unusual for drug smugglers to “display law-enforcement emblems or insignia” in hopes of avoiding detection.
Police confiscated the pot along with the women’s luggage, clothing and cellphones. The pair has since been released from the Dallas County Jail after posting $5,000 bond on charges of second-degree felony possession of marijuana, the newspaper said.
An LAPD spokesman declined to comment when asked if either Wilkins or her daughter had any ties to the law-enforcement agency, referring calls to authorities in Dallas.
The intended final destination for the marijuana is unclear, Dallas police told The Post.
In 2009, Bridget Wilkins was charged in an FBI investigation in a massive international phishing scheme that swindled hundreds of victims out of $1.5 million. She received three years of probation, the newspaper said.
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