Defendant completes boot camp; drug charge dismissed
A felony charge was dismissed today against a 19-year-old Gardnerville man after he successfully completed a regimental discipline program in lieu of going to prison for drug sales.
District Judge Dave Gamble told Darien Anderson he was proud of his achievement at the six-month “boot camp” operated by the Department of Corrections and designed to keep youthful offenders out of prison.
Anderson faced up to six years in prison and a $20,000 fine after he admitted selling two hydrocodone tablets for $10 in March 2011 to a juvenile near Douglas High School campus.
He pleaded guilty to sales of a controlled substance, but the charge was dismissed on Tuesday, and the case may be sealed, Gamble said.
Without a felony conviction, Anderson is able to pursue his interest in joining the military. He was an active member of the Douglas High Junior ROTC program before he was expelled from the school. He graduated from Silver State Academy.
Anderson said the camp taught him “to do what’s right even if no one is looking.”
He said he learned to get along with people he didn’t like, and to work as a team.
“I’m really proud of you for this,” Gamble said. “Now the toughest part begins. Can you avoid falling in with the junk you were doing before?”
Anderson said he wanted to move to Reno and learn to be an auto mechanic so he could open his own shop. He also expressed a desire to join the Army.