Drug dealer will serve up to 30 years in prison for Reno cases

Jacob Taylor Belford. Washoe County jail booking photograph.
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RENO, NV (KOLO)-- A drug dealer will serve up to 30 years in prison after collecting his fourth and fifth felony convictions from two 2016 cases, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Jacob Taylor Belford, 35, had been released from federal prison for conspiracy to commit kidnapping when Reno Police Department officers stopped him Sept. 9, 2016 for driving erratically, the district attorney’s office said. Belford fought as police attempted to arrest him for driving on a revoked license and Belford reached for an officer’s gun belt, police said. Belford also hit that officer before police got control of him and a white crystal substance fell from him, police said.

Police searched his car and found 3.1 ounces of cocaine, more than $16,000 in cash and a loaded handgun.

Belford bailed out of jail Oct. 27, 2016, and police picked him up on a federal warrant. Police found less than an ounce of cocaine on him and a scale. In 2018 while again free on bail, police said they found Belford hit 2 pounds of methamphetamine and less than an ounce of cocaine in the yard of someone else’s home.

At sentencing, prosecutors emphasized his continued involvement in drugs, his involvement in violent crimes and his use of weapons.

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