Reno, Nev. – Today, U.S.Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, and Reno Police Department Deputy Chief Oliver Miller to provide a community update on their joint efforts to combat the spread of illicit, dangerous drugs in Northern Nevada. Cortez Masto and local law enforcement leaders outlined the steps they are taking to improve public safety.
Cortez Masto has been working to crack down on illicit drugs since she was Nevada’s Attorney General, when she worked with law enforcement and Mexican officials to combat the rise of methamphetamine manufacturing and cross-border drug trafficking. At today’s press conference, Cortez Masto and local law enforcement called for passage of the Senator’s bipartisan legislation to combat the illicit use of xylazine and her bipartisan FEND Off Fentanyl Act to crack down on transnational drug trafficking, which recently passed the Senate and is one step closer to becoming law.
“I’ve been partnering with law enforcement across Nevada to make sure they have the resources and tools they need to stop the flow of drugs into our neighborhoods,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’m working to pass bills to crack down on drug traffickers and combat illicit xylazine, and I’ll always support the work our local sheriffs and police do to keep our families safe.”
Senator Cortez Masto has spent her career working keep Nevada communities safe. She’s led efforts in the Senate to provide law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the resources they need to keep communities safe. She’s also authored legislation to combat drug trafficking online that was signed into law, as well as critical legislation to address the opioid epidemic.