10.03 Traffic Stop Arrest

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Stop Results in Arrest
Posted on 10/03/2022
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Stop Results in Arrest

Minden, NV - On Sunday, October 2, 2022, at approximately 6:00 pm, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Deputies were patrolling U.S. Highway 395 in Gardnerville, Nevada when they conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a silver Mercedes-Benz for a registration violation.

During the stop, Deputies contacted the driver of the vehicle, John Ciancitto, and a female passenger. A routine check of Ciancitto’s driver’s license discovered he had multiple license suspensions and he was subsequently removed from the vehicle and arrested.  During a pat-down search incident to arrest, deputies found approximately 5 grams of Methamphetamine and a glass pipe with residue commonly used to smoke Methamphetamine in Ciancitto’s pocket.

DCSO conducted an investigative search of the vehicle Ciancitto was driving which resulted in locating and recovering a stun gun, illegal to possess by Nevada Revised statute due to Ciancitto being an ex-felon, multiple credit cards and checks issued to different persons, numerous legal documents and mail issued to different persons, and a catalytic converter with cut marks on the inlet and outlet, along with a Sawzall and blades used to cut metal.

Ciancitto was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Credit Cards without Owners Consent, Possession of a Stun Gun by a Prohibited Person, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Paraphernalia, and other traffic-related violations. The passenger was released at the scene.