Third-grade teacher faces drug charges

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 07:09 PM

A Durham Public Schools third-grade teacher was arrested Friday on drug charges.

Kimberly Jaye Allen, 41, of Cecil Street in Durham, along with Darrell D. Thomas, 43, of the same address, were charged with multiple charges involving marijuana.

Police went to the house on Cecil Street on Friday morning. When they arrived, they smelled marijuana, according to the Durham Police Department.

Officers found marijuana and numerous DVDs and confiscated them, police said.

Allen is a third-grade teacher at Fayetteville Elementary School. She has been suspended with pay, according to Chip Sudderth, spokesperson for DPS. Allen goes by Kimberly Allen-Thomas on the school’s website.

Allen was charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver controlled substances.

She also was charged with maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place to keep, store or sell a controlled substance, possession, and criminal use of a counterfeit trademark. She posted a $5,000 bond and was released from the Durham County Jail.

Darrell Thomas faced the same charges, along with possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to disclose the origin of a recording – a charge associated with offering recordings for sale or rental without disclosing the actual name and address of the manufacturer and the name of the artist behind the recording.