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May 26, 2014

Turlock woman brought children to drug deal, police say

Modesto police arrested a Turlock woman Sunday after authorities say she sold prescription drugs to an undercover officer while her two children waited nearby in a car.

Modesto police arrested a Turlock woman Sunday after authorities say she sold prescription drugs to an undercover officer while her two children waited nearby in a car.

As part of an investigation into sales of prescription drugs, members of the Modesto Narcotic Enforcement Team arranged a meeting to buy medication from 33-year-old Jennifer Wilkins, Officer Chris Adams said in a press release.

When Wilkins arrived to meet with the undercover officer, her 3- and 8-year-old children were in her car, Adams said.

After completing the exchange, officers detained Wilkins, Adams said. She was arrested on suspicion of attempted possession of a controlled substance, sales of prescription medication and felony child endangerment. The children were taken into protective custody and later released to a family member, Adams said.

Drug unit investigators had a similar encounter in March. Officers arrested a Modesto mother who brought her 13-year-old son to a drug deal and used him to complete the transaction, Adams said.

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