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Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:25 am, Tue Apr 3, 2012.

Three of five people arrested during a marijuana bust by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department were let go on their own recognizance in court Monday.

Sara Ann Warmerdam, Megan Elizabeth Logan and Nicholas John Bellamy were all released by Judge Lauren Thomasson after they faced a bail total of $1.1 million collectively.

The other two individuals who were arrested during the search warrant operation, John David Raya and Andre Erasmo Osorno, remain in custody. Their bails have been set at $435,000 and a no-bail, respectively.

The three who were released were deemed not to be flight risks.

Warmerdam, 34, is a new mother to a one-month-old child, said her lawyer, Woodbridge-based attorney Randy Thomas.

Logan, 23, was allegedly a guest in the home at the time the search warrant was served, and her name did not appear on any of the warrants, her attorney said.

Bellamy, 27, works for a business and owns a marijuana card due to the fact that he takes the drug on occasion to suppress pain he suffered from a severe spider bite, his lawyer Gregory Davenport stated.

Both Raya and Osorno remain in custody.

The five were arrested March 28 when officers with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, including individuals from the San Joaquin Metropolitan Narcotic Task Force, served a search warrant for a home near Tokay High School.

They face charges that include cultivating marijuana, manufacturing a controlled substance, and possessing marijuana for sale. However, none of the suspects have been convicted.

Parents of students at Tokay High School had become concerned at the police presence near their children's school, resulting in an email being sent out by assistant principal Deanna Morell, telling parents they had no need to worry.

Morrell said she was in contact with the Lodi Police Department and that the school was ready to respond accordingly, should any issue arise.

None did.

"One of the houses backed up to Tokay's baseball field, so officers formed a wall to prevent suspects from accessing the school," Morrell said. "They bumped up their presence to make sure no one touched foot on campus."

Further arraignment for Warmerdam, Logan, Bellamy and Osorno is scheduled for April 11 in Lodi.

Further arraignment for Raya is scheduled for Wednesday in Lodi.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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