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Drug charges dropped against Menlo College student

 

Drug charges against a student at Atherton's Menlo College who was arrested in November have been dropped, while another student faces an arraignment on drug charges Feb. 6.

Due to lack of evidence, charges against Joel Matthew Palabrica, 22, from Everett, Washington, were dismissed at a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14 before Judge Marc Forcum in the San Mateo County Superior Court.

Dominic Ezekiel Jackson, 21, from Bellevue, Washington, will be arraigned on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The two men were arrested Nov. 10 by officers from the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of Atherton police. Police said 20 bags of cocaine, 77 Xanax pills, jars of marijuana, and $925 in cash were found in a Menlo College dorm room occupied by the men.

Mr. Jackson is out of custody without bail, the district attorney said.

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