The mother-daughter duo accused of bringing along an infant during an alleged scheme to smuggle more than 275 pounds of marijuana pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to a federal indictment.
Carla Michelle Resendiz, 47, and Ashley Rene Resendiz, born in 1996, waived the reading of an indictment charging the pair with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute a little more than 275 pounds of marijuana and conspiracy to do the same, court records indicate.
After Border Patrol arrested the mother and daughter, the agency issued a press release publicizing a photo of the infant, who held a bottle, strapped into a car seat next to a large bundle of marijuana.
According to a criminal complaint, Border Patrol received a call from a concerned citizen on the morning of April 12 who reported seeing a white Ford Escape enter the River Bend Golf Course and travel to the end of Mississippi Boulevard, where it was loaded with marijuana.
As the vehicle left the golf course, which is described as a known drug smuggling corridor, Border Patrol pulled it over, discovering five bundles of marijuana, along with the mother, daughter and infant.