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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kaufman County Man Guilty Of Methamphetamine Violations

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

 TYLER, Texas – A 44-year-old Terrell, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

James Clinton Squires pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

                According to information presented in court, on Aug. 2, 2012, Squires distributed approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine to Jason Ray Ragan in Terrell, Texas.  Squires knew Ragan intended to return to Gregg County, Texas with the methamphetamine for redistribution in the Eastern District of Texas.  Squires also admitted to possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine at his residence on Aug. 3, 2012.  In addition to supplying drugs to Ragan, Squires also traveled to Tyler, Texas; Lindale, Texas, and Pritchett, Texas to distribute methamphetamine.  A federal indictment was returned on Sep. 12, 2012 charging Squires and Ragan with federal drug crimes. 

Ragan pleaded guilty on Feb. 6, 2013 and is awaiting sentencing.  Squires faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set. 

                This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Department of Public Safety prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

Updated March 12, 2015