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Smith County Residents Guilty Of Methamphetamine Violations

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

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

TYLER, Texas – Two Smith County, Texas residents have pleaded guilty to federal 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 to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

Tara McDonald, 40, of Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty to maintaining a place for the distribution and use of methamphetamine today before Judge Guthrie.

            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. 

McCaa faces up to 40 years in federal prison.  McDonald faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  Sentencing dates have not been set. 

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

Updated March 12, 2015