Marijuana case involving Bijou teacher moves to federal court |

Marijuana case involving Bijou teacher moves to federal court

A Bijou Community School teacher arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell will have her case heard in federal court in Sacramento.

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office dismissed charges against Tamara Allen and Christopher Liller during a hearing in El Dorado County Superior Court on Wednesday, deferring to federal prosecutors instead.

Allen and Liller now are facing in federal court felony counts of marijuana possession and conspiracy to manufacture marijuana with the intent to distribute.

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

Liller and Allen have pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been released on $50,000 bail.

Each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine, according to court documents.

Allen was a fourth-grade teacher at Bijou Elementary School at the time of her arrest and was placed on paid leave. Officials from Lake Tahoe Unified School District could not be reached for comment Wednesday, and her current status with the school district was not known.

A status conference for the case is scheduled for Feb. 1.

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