Rodrigo Velarde, 35, Arturo Alvarez, 35, Jose Cabral, 28, and Jose Meza, 32, were all charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale.
Velarde also faced charges of being armed with a firearm, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm as a narcotics addict, and being armed during a criminal act.
Cabral and Meza appeared in court free on bail, while Alvarez and Velarde were brought to the court from the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp, where they’ve been held since being arrested Nov. 30.
Deputy District Attorney Robert Baysinger told the court that the district attorney’s office is dropping all charges against the men because of insufficient evidence.
Judge Ron A. Northup formally dismissed the case and ordered that Velarde be released from jail and bail be removed for Cabral and Meza.
Alvarez will not be released from jail, because he has an unrelated misdemeanor charge for allegedly driving under the influence. Northup transferred that case to a different court.
U.S. Border Patrol has also placed a hold on Alvarez, which will keep him in jail.
The men were arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration officers during a warranted federal search at a house on the 11600 block of Larch Road at 6 a.m. Nov. 30.
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