Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Jun 15, 2021 - 3:50PM

For Immediate Release

Regional undercover operation leads to arrest of college athlete
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 (RNU) arrested Isaac Jernagin, 19, of Bakersfield, California on June 9, 2021 on multiple felony drug charges after an ongoing undercover operation.

Detectives had been investigating Jernagin for the better part of a month and purchased drugs from him multiple times. In total, detectives purchased and/or confiscated 115 counterfeit pain pills which tested positive for fentanyl. Jernagin was arrested at 11:00 p.m. on June 9th and charged with two felony counts of selling/transferring a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, first offense; two felony counts of possession to sell a schedule 1 or 2 flunitrazepam, GHB, first offense; and two counts of possession of a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance less than 14 grams, first offense. Jernagin was released on his own recognizance at 3:30 a.m. June 10th.

The Regional Narcotics Unit is a regional task force unit supported by 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, Homeland Security Investigations, and the National Guard.


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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