Affidavit claims 60 other deaths investigated as possibly linked to Dr. Robert Rand

An affidavit says Dr. Robert Rand's prescribing practices are being investigated for possible ties to 60 other deaths.

A new redacted affidavit is shedding light on an alleged prescription drug distribution ring in Reno.

This case involves Reno Dr. Robert Rand, as well as Richard Winston West II, whose family is most known through their connections with Jones West Ford.

Rand is accused of prescribing prescription drugs without a legitimate purpose, which were then allegedly sold illicitly by West and the seven other defendants in this case.

The affidavit says 60 other deaths are being investigated as possibly being tied to Rand.

One particular instance is outlined. It says a mother reached out to Rand to let him know her child, of unknown age, was addicted to the painkillers he was prescribing. The drugs ended up resulting in her child's death, according to the affidavit.

In the case against West, the affidavit claims he sold pills from the Jones West Ford dealership, during business hours, typically from his pickup truck. It goes on to say he had a number of "hand to hand transactions," including with a former DEA and FBI confidential source.

News 4-Fox 11 reached out to the lawyers of both Rand and West II.

David Houston is representing West. Our call was not immediately returned.

John Olson is representing Rand. We tried to speak with him about the affidavit. He said he had not seen it, and would not comment further.


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