Accused pot grower is a schoolteacher |

Accused pot grower is a schoolteacher

Sara Thompson and Jennie Tezak

One of the suspects arrested Friday on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and destruction of evidence as part of a two-city drug ring is a fourth-grade teacher at Bijou Community School.

Tamara Allen, 42, currently is on a leave of absence with pay, said Beth Delacour, director of human resources for Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Delacour said the police hadn’t released any information to her yet, and the district hadn’t decided what action to take.

Allen’s class has a short-term substitute finishing out the week, but long-term substitutes also are being looked at, she said.

Allen and Christopher Liller, 34, were arrested at their home on Glenn Road. Police found $1,400 in cash, 100 marijuana plants and two to three pounds of processed marijuana, said Jeff Catchings, task force commander for the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Liller and Allen are scheduled to appear in court Jan. 23 for their arraignment.

Both have been released from custody on $35,000 bail.

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