Couple arrested in connection with suspected drug-growing operation |

Couple arrested in connection with suspected drug-growing operation

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily TribuneThe home of Tamara Allen and Christopher Liller, who were were arrested Friday on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale and destruction of evidence.

As part of a two-city drug sting in Reno and Lake Tahoe, a South Lake Tahoe couple and three others were arrested on charges of suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and destruction of evidence, a drug enforcement agent said.

Tamara Allen, 42, and Christopher Liller, 34, were arrested Friday at their home on Glenn Road. Police officers 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.

SLEDNET found the items in the home.

“It was an indoor grow,” Catchings said. “They did not have a medical certificate and were not care providers.”

Catchings said when team members arrived at the house, they could smell marijuana. The man and woman were doing an indoor grow, and officers could hear them destroying their garden, Catchings said.

Allen and Liller told officers to “come back with a search warrant,” so they returned later with a search warrant issued by a judge, Catchings said. Liller was the third brother in an alleged drug ring connected to two other brothers whose homes were raided Thursday in Reno, officials said. This was a first offense for the couple, Catchings said.

Authorities said the investigation into the South Shore marijuana-growing operation led to police raids at two Reno homes. The Reno homes netted 240 marijuana plants and the arrest of three Reno residents, authorities said.

The three arrested in Reno are Sean Michael Liller, 29; Kevin Francis Liller, 28; and Candyce Kay Von Ruden, 58. Between the two Reno homes, about 20 pounds of processed marijuana was confiscated.

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