Richie West must stay in jail or under strict supervision, federal magistrate rules

Booking photo of Richard Winston West II.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Richie West must remain in jail, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge William Cobb ruled Friday afternoon.

Two judges determined West was a danger to the community and a flight risk, Cobb said, so West must remain in custody in jail or in an extremely controlled environment, not his parents' home, as defense lawyer David Houston requested.

Cobb said Magistrate Miranda Du’s order for a private pain specialist working out a plan with the jail medical facilities had not been given a chance to be put in place.

Deputies found West unresponsive and lethargic in his jail cell on Tuesday after jail doctors reportedly accidentally gave him too much methadone. He was taken to a hospital, but has since been released and is back in jail. The hospitalization prompted Friday’s emergency hearing on his status.

West, Dr. Robert Rand, and seven others are accused of operating an illegal prescription drug ring out of Rand's family practice and the Jones West Ford dealership in Reno. West pleaded not guilty to all charges against him include distribution and possession of oxycodone.