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Two Smith County residents plead guilty to drug trafficking charges

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Tara McDonald (Source: Smith County Jail) Tara McDonald (Source: Smith County Jail)
Clinton McCaa (Source: Smith County Jail) Clinton McCaa (Source: Smith County Jail)

Two Smith County residents pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas on Wednesday.

Clinton Daniel McCaa, 32, of Whitehouse, Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine 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.

Federal prosecutors say Clinton McCaa and Tara McDonald conspired to possess 50 grams or more of meth with the intent to distribute.

McCaa was arrested after an October raid at a home on Meadow Creek Drive, near Rice Elementary School. 

According to the indictment, agents also found marijuana, pills, and firearms.   

Officials say McCaa is linked to a massive DPS warehouse raid back in July 2011.

McDonald was a fitness instructor at a business in Tyler. 

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.

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