Husband And Wife Cop Duo Arrested On Drug Charges

By McCarton Ackerman 06/09/14

The married couple became the latest embarrassment for the San Diego Police Department.

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Marriage vows don't usually have language relating to arrests, but they should have for Bryce and Jennifer Charpentier. The San Diego police officers were charged yesterday as part of a narcotics investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said that the couple were booked in separate jails and placed on leave from their positions, but declined to say whether the leave was paid or unpaid. Both of them have since been released on bond. Bryce was charged with selling, possessing and transporting drugs, possessing a loaded firearm while under the influence, and conspiracy. Jennifer faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, sales, transportation, and conspiracy. She had worked with the San Diego Police Department for 18 years, while Bryce had been there six years.

Although details on the charges against them are minimal, San Diego police officials said they were only made aware of their alleged activity within the last few days. Anonymous sources also told a local news outlet that the couple had become “withdrawn and secretive” in recent months, with one alleging that Bryce had been abusing prescription drugs ever since he suffered a career-ending hockey injury.

This has become the latest embarrassing incident for the San Diego Police Department. Last February, Detective Karen Almos was found passed out in her car in Balboa Park and later pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. Two months later, Officer Christopher Hayes was charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor sexual battery; he resigned from the department the day after the charges were filed. Officer Gilbert Lorenzo was arrested that same month and again in early May on suspicion of assaulting his wife.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.