Trial set in Liljedahl’s drug case |

Trial set in Liljedahl’s drug case

Christina M. Currie

Craig Liljedahl says a lot of other people break the law more than he allegedly did.

And, he’s not going to submit to charges of possession of drugs without a fight.

Liljedahl pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of possession of more than a gram of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance.

He was scheduled to make a plea in September, but the plea was delayed until his attorney had time to discuss plea options with the District Attorney’s Office.

Liljedahl, 38, and his wife, Katherine Liljedahl, 35, were arrested June 1 after a raid by officials from Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team officials on their Shadow Mountain home.

Katherine Liljedahl agreed to a plea deal earlier this month, pleading guilty to a lesser charge of attempted distribution of a controlled substance.

She was sentenced to five years supervised probation and 90 days in jail — the 41 days she had served counted toward her sentence. She will participate in a substance abuse program, serve 200 hours of community service and pay fines of $3,000.

Craig Liljedahl said he’s lost two jobs because of the publicity of his case, and he feels like he and his wife have been singled out.

Neither has a previous offense.

Search warrants and arrest affidavits have been sealed in the case.

Craig police Officer Dusty Schulze of GRAMNET has said the arrests were based on drug paraphernalia and other items found.

A two-day trial has been set for March.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or

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