A Hollywood, Calif., garage owner today was cleared of involvement in a transcontinental cocaine-trafficking ring.
As the trial of eight alleged cocaine traffickers entered its ninth week, State Supreme Court Justice Julian F. Kubiniec dismissed a single drug conspiracy count against Fariborz Eslamieh, 36.
Kubiniec ruled that prosecutors had failed to link Eslamieh to 3 1/2 pounds of cocaine seized in the Delaware Avenue flat of one of his co-defendants in March 1989.
A jury will decide on the drug-trafficking charges against Eslamieh's co-defendants, all facing possible life terms if convicted, Kubiniec said.
Eslamieh, arrested in August 1989, was allowed to leave here on $20,000 bail and has been in California for the past seven weeks. Prosecutors were trying to prove that Eslamieh was the person named "Bozy," who was mentioned frequently on numerous wire-tapped phone calls.
K. Michael Sawicki, Eslamieh's attorney, said his client's "only connection to this case" was that he is the son-in-law of one of his co-defendants, John J. Battaglia, 61, of Van Nuys, Calif.