Pill mill suspect West ordered to stay in jail until trial

Booking photo of Richard Winston West II.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A federal court judge in Reno has ruled Richie West will stay in the Washoe County jail until his trial. Trial is set for July 19, 2016.

West, the general manager of Jones West Ford in Reno, is one of nine people arrested in a case involving illegal oxycodone prescriptions and trafficking. He was in federal court in Reno the morning of May 19, 2016, and the next day, Judge Miranda Du made her ruling.

Attorney David Houston argued West has health issues that are not being addressed in jail and he needs to be released for treatment. While West stays in jail, the court will order the jail to work with West's physician, according to his attorney, David Houston, but West will be responsible for any medical costs above and beyond what the jail would normally provide.

Houston says, "The judge is going to give the jail the chance to treat West's condition adequately, and if it cannot be accomplished we are invited to bring the matter back to Magistrate Judge William Cobb."

He continues, "We are satisfied to the extent the court recognized the need for additional treatment. Obviously, we are satisfied with that. Of course, we believe the treatment would be much better accomplished if he were freed from the jail. Only time will tell."

Doctor Robert Rand, accused of illegally prescribing drugs to West and the other defendants, entered a plea in federal court Thursday afternoon of not guilty. He will remain in jail for the time being.

The other seven defendants had already entered pleas and been released from jail pending trial.