Pulled over for speeding, Tresean Durell Ramey and Rebecca San Nicolas received more than just a ticket, they spent a night behind bars.
Rebecca Ann San Nicolas was first to appear before Superior Court Judge Jonathan Quan.
A complaint identified her as the passenger in the vehicle driven by Ramey the night the two were pulled over.
On Oct. 23, at 3:30 am, police said San Nicolas admitted to owning a pouch containing 2 glass pipes and clear plastic baggies.
The complaint states that police discovered the pouch underneath the passenger seat during a search of the vehicle. Plastic baggies containing suspected meth were also found in an overhead compartment.
On pretrial release for theft of property, San Nicolas was not supposed to leave her residence and last reported on July 22.
This failure to comply with the conditions of her release was the grounds for bail to be set at $1,000.
Judge Quan came to the decision after Public Defender Zachery Taimanglo provided arguments related to proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
Taimanglo argued that there is no admission made to specifically owning the methamphetamines, adding that police did not indicate that they tested the substance and it could have been just “table salt.”
Alternate Public Defender Richard Dirks also argued strenuously for his client Ramey, who has prior convictions and has only been out of jail for a year.
With only the declaration before the court, Dirks’ arguments on the constitutionality of the vehicle search, the lack of sufficient evidence and probable cause moved Judge Quan to determine that the government’s case against Ramey be dismissed without prejudice.
Ramey was released from custody, his attorney warning him to stay out of trouble as the Attorney General is sure to charge him in the matter again.