A St. Louis Park woman already charged with credit-card fraud is now facing felony drug charges after police say she tried to hide a bag of cocaine when they arrived to execute a search warrant connected to the fraud charge.
Dinicea Berry-Wigfall, 43, is charged with credit-card fraud and fifth-degree drug possession, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Berry-Wigfall remains in the Hennepin County Jail on a $3,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in her case is scheduled for April 25 in Hennepin County District Court.
According to two separate criminal complaints, compiled by Minneapolis Park Police Officer Joseph McGinness and Sgt. Richard Doll, two people reported to police on Feb. 19 that their cars had been broken into and their belongings stolen while they were parked at Lake Nokomis and Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.
The two victims’ credit cards were subsequently used at a Target store in Minneapolis. McGinness viewed surveillance video and identified one of the suspects as Jamarr Edward Casso, 32, of Robbinsdale, who was arrested shortly thereafter.
Casso, who is in custody, identified two of the other suspects as Berry-Wigfall and her husband, Turquise Ronnelle Berry, also known as Corey Berry, 34, of St. Louis Park.
After Casso’s arrest, police listened in on his jail phone calls to Berry, during which the two men discussed picking up electronics and other merchandise from Berry’s home, according to the complaint. Casso also talked about getting drugs from Berry at his home, according to McGinness’ account.
Police executed a search warrant on Berry’s and Berry-Wigfall’s home and found drugs, credit cards, drivers' licenses and Social Security numbers belonging to a number of victims, according to the complaint. Berry was arrested and remains in custody.
Berry-Wigfall later told police that Casso had given her the credit card used at the Minneapolis Target and asked her to buy items with it, the complaint says. Berry admitted to investigators that he was present when Berry-Wigfall used the card, according to the complaint.
The total amount of completed and attempted transactions using stolen credit cards was $1,649, according to court records.
Doll’s complaint says police executed a search warrant on Berry-Wigfall’s apartment on March 15. As an officer walked into the master bedroom, she found Berry-Wigfall sitting on the bed, holding a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine, according to the complaint.
When Berry-Wigfall saw the officer, she quickly hid the plastic bag under a blanket, according to Doll’s account.
The officer recovered the bag and found 13 individually wrapped bindles of cocaine, according to the complaint.