- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A federal judge in Reno has ordered one of the key suspects in an alleged prescription drug trafficking-ring to return to the county jail when he’s released from the hospital where he was taken for a medical emergency.

Richard “Richie” West II is the manager of a Reno car dealership that was raided by federal agents in a painkiller “pill mill” probe.

His lawyer, David Houston, said he was rushed to a Reno hospital Tuesday after he overdosed from a methadone treatment at the jail. He says it’s proof the jail can’t adequately treat West’s chronic back pain and painkiller addiction.

At a hearing Friday, U.S. Magistrate William Cobb directed the jail’s doctor to promptly coordinate treatment with West’s personal physician. He refused to release West based on earlier concerns he’s a flight risk and threat to the community.

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