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Trail meth dealer sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

A Trail man with a rich criminal history was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison today in U.S. District Court of Medford for dealing methamphetamine and possessing firearms as a felon, court records show.

Allen Donn Richins, 53, was arrested in Grants Pass on Oct. 22, 2012, after spending about two months on the lam after police were called to his rural house to investigate an accidental shooting, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Jackson County Sheriff's deputies arrived at Richins' house on Aug. 9, 2012, to find the home's door open, lights and television on, and a handgun holster and stun gun on the floor in the entryway, the news release said. However, he was gone.

Deputies saw two handguns and drug paraphernalia while conducting a "safety sweep" of the house and obtained a search warrant, the news release said.

Police later seized from the home 11 ounces of methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, $5,500 in cash, five handguns, three hunting rifles and an assault-styled semi-automatic rifle, the news release said.

Previously, Richins has been convicted of six counts of burglary, two counts of possession of methamphetamine, unauthorized use of a vehicle, supplying contraband, four counts of first-degree forgery, theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm, the news release said.

In 1993, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison as an "armed career criminal," the news release said.

— Sam Wheeler