A Dallas resident and airline flight attendant pleaded guilty in federal court last week to a drug-trafficking charge.
Terese White, 41, admitted that she used her credentials as a flight attendant to try to bypass security screening measures at the San Diego International Airport, according to a Department of Justice news release.
White flew from Dallas to San Diego on October 4 while she was off duty, according to court documents. She planned to board another plane to Boston and tried to bypass the regular airport security screening process by using her privileges as a flight attendant.
However, she was randomly selected for security screening, which included the use of a metal detector and a body scanner. That’s when TSA Agents found White had more than 3 pounds of the deadly drug fentanyl taped to her abdomen.
A criminal complaint filed stated that White told police the packages were “not what you think.” She said that a coworker had given her a “mercury pack” to wear for weight loss.
White later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. White’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 24.
More than 379 million potentially deadly doses of fentanyl were seized by government authorities in 2022, according to the U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency. As The Dallas Express previously reported, these 2022 seizures contained enough fentanyl to kill every American citizen.
Fentanyl remains the deadliest drug threat facing the country. An estimated 196 Americans die every day from the drug, the equivalent of a fully loaded Boeing 757 jet crashing and killing everyone on board, The Washington Post reported.
The city of Dallas has also seen a significant uptick in drug-related offenses, as previously reported by The Dallas Express. In addition, the Dallas Fire-Rescue Emergency Medical Services reported a 55% increase over the previous year in drug overdose calls.