Reno car dealership manager pleads not guilty in prescription drug ring case

May 11, 2016 10:02 PM by News Staff

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The manager of a Reno car dealership raided in an investigation of a prescription drug ring has pleaded not guilty to a series of drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Richard West II's lawyer, David Houston, told reporters after Wednesday's arraignment he's appealing an earlier court order that would keep West in jail until his trial, now set for July 19.

Two of the other eight suspects indicted in what prosecutors say was the operation of an illegal "pill mill" also entered not guilty pleas Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Reno.

No arraignment has been set yet for Dr. Robert Rand, a Reno physician who also faces charges of distributing a controlled substance leading to death.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says the investigation is continuing and he anticipates additional charges will be filed.


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