Waggaman woman convicted on drug importing charges

A federal jury has convicted a Waggaman woman resident on three counts related to importing drugs.

Yolanda Smith, 34, was arrested in 2013 after a package containing approximately half a kilogram of methylone - a designer drug similar to ecstasy -- was delivered to her home from China, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office. U.S. Customs agents in San Francisco intercepted the package, which was addressed to Smith. Federal agents then delivered the packaged to Smith, who now faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan is scheduled to sentence Smith on May 6.