A 27-year-old St. Petersburg man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in a federal prison for attempting to distribute 28 grams of cocaine.
Jhi Michael Reynolds entered a guilty plea to the charges in November. United States District Judge Richard A. Lazzara handed down the ruling.
According to testimony and evidence presented in court St. Petersburg Police stopped the suspect on August 27, 2011 due to a window tint violation. As the officers approached his vehicle Reynolds drove off starting a high-speed chase.
After losing sight of the suspect's car the pursuit was called off. A short time later, officers located Reynolds and his vehicle at a St. Petersburg residence.
Reynolds was arrested and officers confiscated 43 grams of crack cocaine and a loaded Glock 9-milimeter semi-automatic weapon. The suspect admitted the illegal narcotic and the gun were his.
He was charged with drug and weapons crimes due to the fact he was a convicted felon. Reynolds served 18 months in state prison beginning in 2007 for a cocaine conviction out of Pinellas County.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, with assistance from the St. Petersburg Police Department.
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