Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Aug 12, 2021 - 8:08AM

For Immediate Release

Regional Narcotics Unit, DEA dismantle local drug trafficking organization
Please note: this is a regional press release

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407


Detectives with the Regional Narcotics Unit with the assistance of Drug Enforcement Administration, concluded an 11-month long investigation into a drug trafficking organization (DTO) selling heroin and methamphetamine in the Reno and Sparks area.

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, RNU with help from DEA, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Repeat Offender Program Unit, Reno Police Department K9s, and Douglas County Sheriff Office K9s, executed search warrants at three separate locations involved and arrested five suspects related to this investigation. In total, nine suspects were arrested and trafficking levels of narcotics, multiple vehicles, and a large sum of illicit currency were seized.  This successful operation dismantled a local drug trafficking organization.

The Regional Narcotics Unit is a regional task force unit of Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) teams. RNU is comprised of detectives and investigators from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, University of Nevada Police Services, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Homeland Security Investigations.

The Regional Narcotics Unit is committed to disrupting the flow of illegal narcotics affecting our community. The Regional Narcotics Unit will strive to achieve this mission with integrity, professionalism, and free form jurisdictional boundaries through the highest quality of investigations.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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