Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Jun 21, 2021 - 3:57PM

For Immediate Release

WCSO traffic stop leads to chase, arrest, and seizure of trafficking-quantity of methamphetamine and fentanyl pills

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

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Epimegnio Romero-Jimenez, 33, of Covina, California on June 20, 2021 for more than a dozen charges – most pertaining to drugs and trafficking.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Verdi for traffic violations. The driver of the sports utility vehicle failed to yield, and a short pursuit was initiated. With assistance from the Nevada Highway Patrol, the vehicle was disabled by utilizing spike strips to deflate three of the suspect vehicle’s four tires before the pursuit reached the city.

During the investigation deputies located ten pounds of methamphetamine and 2,000 fentanyl pills inside the vehicle. It is believed these drugs were destined for the streets of Reno.

Romero-Jimenez was booked on two felony counts of Possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled 42+ grams; one felony count of Possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance less than 14 grams; three felony counts of Possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance with the intent to sell, first offense; two felony counts of Trafficking of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance; three felony counts of Transporting a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, first offense; along with the traffic charges related to the stop and pursuit.


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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