Grand jury indicts Reno doctor, 8 others arrested in illegal prescription drug ring
UPDATE: 4:14 p.m.
Richard Winston West II has pleaded not guilty to all counts during his appearance in federal court Wednesday.
West's plea came shortly after the U.S. Attorney's office announced he and eight others had been indicted by a grand jury.
West faces multiple charges for his alleged participation in an illegal prescription drug ring, including:
- Three counts of distribution of oxycodone
- Two counts of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone
- Two count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl
- Two counts of possession with intent to distribute psilocyn
- Two counts of possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime
Dr. Robert Rand, Richard Winston West II and seven others have been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony drug conspiracy and other charges, the office for the U.S. Attorney announced Wednesday.
The nine suspects had been arrested and accused of taking part in a conspiracy to sell prescription drugs illegally.
Rand, West, Omar Ahmad, Joshua Green, Clint Bloodworth, Kathleen Griffin, Alan Martinez, Ryan Smith and Braden Riley have all been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances like oxycodone.
Rand has also been charged with one count of distributing oxycodone resulting in death and one count of distribution of fentanyl.
West faces additional charges, including several counts of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, fentanyl and psilocyn, as well as possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking.
Each person could face up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy charge. Rand would face a mandatory 20 year sentence if convicted on the count of distribution result in death. West also faces additional time for the other counts he faces, including up to 25 years for one of firearm count.