Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Jan 14, 2022 - 9:59AM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies make three drug arrests during holiday season Joining Forces campaign

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


Three total arrests were made by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies participating in a Nevada Department of Public Safety Joining Forces impaired driving event scheduled between December 10, 2021 – January 3, 2022.

While the arrests were not for impairment, the arrests were for illegal possession of a controlled substance. No Field Sobriety Tests (FST) were performed in these particular cases.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to this effort initiated a total of 34 traffic stops. Although a driver may be stopped for one violation, several other violations may be observed during the subsequent investigation making it possible that a driver may be issued citations for numerous violations.

The total number of arrests, citations, assists, and warnings by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies during this event was 15:

0          DUI arrests
0          Seat belt violations
0          Child seat violations
1          Speed violation
0          Pedestrian at fault violations
0          Driver at fault violations
0          Distracted driving violations
11        All other citations
3          All other arrests

Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of: impaired driving, distracted driving, seat belt, speed, and pedestrian safety. The goal of these enforcement campaigns is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving.

The Sheriff’s Office participation in these Joining Forces campaigns is made possible by grant funding received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. 

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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