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ETX man pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking

ETX man pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 1:00pm

On Tuesday, a man pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

James Clinton Squires, 44, of Terrell, 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 August 2, 2012, Squires distributed approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine to Jason Ray Ragan in Terrell. Squires knew Ragan intended to return to Gregg County with the methamphetamine for redistribution in the East Texas.

Squires also admitted to possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine at his residence on August 3, 2012. In addition to supplying drugs to Ragan, Squires also traveled to Tyler, Lindale and Pritchett to distribute methamphetamine. A federal indictment was returned on September 12, 2012 charging Squires and Ragan with federal drug crimes.

Ragan pleaded guilty on February 6, 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.

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