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May 22, 2013
Smith County Residents Sentenced for Methamphetamine Violations
TYLER, Texas – Two Smith County, Texas residents have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Clinton Daniel McCaa, 32, of Whitehouse, Texas, pleaded guilty on Jan. 9, 2013, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.
Tara McDonald, 40, of Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty on Jan. 9, 2013, to maintaining a place for the distribution and use of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 38 months in federal prison today by Judge Davis.
According to information presented in court, during 2011, McCaa acquired methamphetamine from Clinton Squires of Terrell, Texas, which McCaa then distributed to multiple persons in Tyler, Texas. During this time, McCaa lived with McDonald at her residence on Meadow Creek Drive in Tyler, Texas. McDonald admitted that she knew McCaa was involved in the distribution and use of methamphetamine. Furthermore, McDonald allowed McCaa to store methamphetamine and other substances at her residence.
A federal indictment was returned on May 2, 2012, charging McDonald and McCaa with federal drug crimes.
This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.