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Trail man gets 15 years for dealing, possessing weapons

A Trail man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court in 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 Trail home to investigate an accidental shooting, according to a court memorandum and an arrest warrant on record.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies arrived at Richins' house on the night of Aug. 9, 2012, to find the door open, lights and television on, and a handgun holster and stun gun on the floor in the entryway, the memorandum 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 memorandum said.

Federal investigators learned later that Richins was hiding in the forest when deputies arrived and ran away as they approached the home, the memorandum said.

After obtaining a search warrant, police later seized from the home about 11 ounces of methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, $5,500 in cash, five handguns, three hunting rifles and an assault-styled semi-automatic rifle, the memorandum said.

After police spotted Richins' motorcycle at a "drug house" in Grants Pass two months later, the property was surrounded, and Richins surrendered after about 30 minutes, the memorandum said.

In an interview with police, Richins admitted to selling a quarter- to a half-pound of methamphetamine each week for about six months, and small amounts of heroin, the memorandum said.

Between Multnomah, Clackamas and Jackson counties, Richins previously 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 memorandum said.

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

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him on at www.twitter.com/swhlr.