Sheriff's Office

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Aug 15, 2022 - 10:00AM

For Immediate Release

Regional Narcotics Unit Detectives make drug trafficking and weapons arrest

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For media inquiries contact:
Bryan Samudio
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6234
Cell: 775-484-9820

Detectives with the Regional Narcotics Unit (RNU) have arrested Reno resident Mason Wakefield for drug trafficking and weapons charges.

In August 2022, RNU detectives had information that Mason Wakefield was selling and trafficking Fentanyl throughout Washoe County while in possession of firearms.  RNU Detectives Located Mason’s vehicle at the Nugget Casino in Sparks and observed him enter and leave in the vehicle.  A traffic stop of Mason’s vehicle was conducted and Mason was found concealing a firearm.  A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted revealing nearly three pounds of fentanyl powder, over a pound of Xanax pills, 300 ml of liquid GHB, a half-pound of oxycodone pills and a half pound of methamphetamine.  An additional firearm was found in his vehicle.

Mason was charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance (42+ grams), four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, two counts of High Level Trafficking of a Controlled Substance (400+ grams) and one count of Concealing a Firearm without a permit.

The Regional Narcotics Unit is comprised of detectives from the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, University of Nevada Police Department, Nevada National Guard and Homeland Security Investigations.


Mason Wakefield (04/18/1996 DOB)

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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