Sheriff's Office

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Date Issued:
Jun 09, 2022 - 5:10PM

For Immediate Release

Reno man arrested for selling drugs

For media inquiries contact:
Sergeant Jeff McCaskill
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: (775) 328-6235
Cell: (775) 484-9821

Detectives with the Regional Narcotics Unit (RNU) have arrested Darin Baca, 23 years old of Reno, for drug trafficking and sales charges.

In February 2022, RNU detectives received a secret witness tip that Darin Baca was selling Fentanyl throughout Washoe County while being in possession of firearms. Detectives initiated an investigation and it progressed through the month of April when detectives conducted multiple controlled purchases from Baca where they purchased both Fentanyl powder and fraudulent M30 Fentanyl pills.

The investigation concluded on April 27th, 2022, in the area of the UNR campus near Enterprise Rd/Valley Rd in Reno NV, when RNU detectives and WCSO K9 unit took Baca into custody and recovered approximately 1000 Fentanyl pills, pink powder Fentanyl, and two firearms.

Baca was charged with three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales, one count of Sales of a Controlled Substance, one count of Sales of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a school/park, one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (100-400gm), and two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited person.

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