An Arbuckle man served three weeks in jail, not for a crime that he committed but for the company he keeps.
Colusa County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Ufkes Olivera released Ryan Alan Dearman, 38, from custody on July 9 after the Colusa County District Attorney’s Office failed to prove, to her satisfaction, that he violated the terms of his probation.
Dearman, who has a long criminal history, was reinstated on three years probation after pleading no contest on March 25 to being a felon in possession of a shotgun.
Olivera warned Dearman then that any violation of the law – or other condition of probation – could result in him serving a three-year state prison sentence for gun possession and eight months for the probation violation.
The Colusa County Narcotics Task Force arrested Dearman last month following a probation search of the three-bedroom Arbuckle home he shares with roommates Brenda Forbes and Jose Rojas.
According to testimony at last week’s hearing, detectives discovered 35 grams of methamphetamine during the search, and two glass pipes with residue, inside the bedroom belonging to Forbes. Detectives also found an unopened bottle of alcohol in the bedroom identified as belonging to Rojas, although some of Dearman’s belongings were also in the room. Detectives also found in the home a common device used to try and beat drug tests, believed to belong to Dearman.
Although Deputy District Attorney Bradley Morrow argued that Dearman’s terms of probation included staying away from individuals who use alcohol or drugs, Olivera agreed with Dearman, who defended himself, that nothing illegal was found on his person or in any common area of the house. ■