Ask Joe: Where is Dr. Robert Rand?
From the Ask Joe file, we are addressing a question about the recent arrest of local Dr. Robert Rand. The question is, where is he?
One of our viewers wrote in asking where is Dr. Rand being held now that he's been arrested?
Here's what I found out:
This is a big mystery that our newsroom has been working to unravel.
What we know is Dr. Rand was arrested last month in San Francisco as part of an illegal prescription drug ring. We were able to find out he was booked into the Alameda County Jail on May 2.
I called down there on Friday, and they told me Rand left there on May 10, which was Tuesday. But Alameda County couldn't say where he went.
He is supposed to be on his way to Reno at some point to face charges, but the Washoe County Sheriff's Office says they haven't heard anything about his whereabouts, and they won't until he arrives.
This is a federal case, so we checked with the U.S. Attorneys Office and they said they have no idea. They told us they don't track inmates they are prosecuting.
That leaves the U.S. Marshals Service. We called and checked with them to find out if they know where Dr. Rand is. They told us they are not allowed to speak to the media.
So that's where it stands. The whereabouts of this high-profile defendant in a federal drug case remains a mystery, to the public. We will know more when arrives here and is booked into the Washoe County Jail.