- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada man with a criminal history that spans over 25 years has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison after his recent conviction on drug trafficking charges.

Washoe District Judge Janet Berry said at Thursday’s sentencing that 45-year-old Jaffar Richardson of Reno will have to serve at least eight years as a habitual criminal before he’s eligible for parole.

Richardson was arrested in downtown Reno last April by police looking for a suicidal 911 caller.

The officers say they approached Richardson when they saw him talking on a cellphone. They say he threw away a small plastic bag with drugs and ran away before he was apprehended. He pleaded guilty in February.

The district attorney’s office says he has seven prior felony convictions for drug trafficking, possession, DUI, conspiracy to commit robbery and firearm charges.

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