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Fort Worth Woman Sentenced to 24 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

DEL RIO, Texas – A Fort Worth woman was sentenced in a federal court in Del Rio to 292 months in prison for her role in a conspiracy to import methamphetamine into the U.S.

According to court documents, Sally Renae Smith, 54, conspired with others to import 3.422 kilograms of methamphetamine which had a purity of 100%. Smith exchanged text messages with a co-conspirator trafficking methamphetamine into the U.S. from Mexico, instructing her to drive to her motel room in Del Rio once she made it through the point of entry.

Smith was arrested on September 8, 2020, and has remained in federal custody since her arrest. She pleaded guilty on July 21, 2021. Smith's three co-conspirators also pleaded guilty and remain in federal custody awaiting sentencing.

“This prison sentence of more than two decades is indicative of how serious we are in dismantling these drug trafficking organizations,” said U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas. “Thank you to our partners at Homeland Security Investigations for their work in the investigation of this case. Importing illicit drugs into this country has severe consequences, which, alongside our law enforcement partners, we will enforce.”

“HSI will continue to aggressively pursue narcotics traffickers,” said Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee for the HSI San Antonio Division. “Our work is not done, and our resolve in attacking the drug trade is as strong as ever. HSI will continue to investigate, arrest and prosecute those involved in narcotics trafficking to keep our communities safe.”

HSI investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rex Beasley prosecuted the case.


Updated February 6, 2024

Drug Trafficking