Doctor charged in pill mill case waives detention hearing, to be transported to Reno
SAN FRANCISCO (News 4 & Fox 11) —
The Reno doctor charged as a co-conspirator in an illegal pill mill operation will be transported from San Francisco after waiving a detention hearing, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Dr. Robert Rand appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge on Friday in San Francisco after he was ordered to be temporarily detained on Monday.
Rand has been charged by the U.S. Attorney's office for the district of Nevada with distributing oxycodone and other drugs illegally as part of a criminal conspiracy with a number of other people living in the Reno area.
His attorney John Arrascada told News 4 earlier this week that Rand "adamantly denies the charges and allegations made against him.
"He's practiced medicine in Reno since 2005, he's in good standing with the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, and he's well respected in the community," Arrascada said.
Richard West II was also ordered to be detained in his first court appearance on Friday, April 29. The seven other defendants in the case received bond.
Rand will be transported to Reno via a U.S. Marshals transport, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office, and the U.S. District Court in Reno will set a date for his next hearing.
He was arrested in San Francisco on Friday, April 29, the U.S. Attorney's office said last week, and he has been detained in the area since then.
Note: Robert Rand's name has been corrected.