Married San Diego Cops Face Seven Years On Drug Charges

By McCarton Ackerman 11/21/14

Officers Bryce and Jennifer Charpentier were busted for dealing prescription drugs.

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A husband and wife cop duo could spend the next seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to an assortment of drug charges, including running a hydrocodone distribution network and burglarizing homes while on duty.

Former San Diego police officers Bryce and Jennifer Charpentier were originally arrested last June and released on bond. They pleaded guilty on Wednesday to all charges against them and resigned from their positions. They also waved their 4th Amendment seizure rights, meaning they can be searched by law enforcement at any time. 

Bryce was convicted of selling, possessing and transporting drugs, possessing a loaded firearm while under the influence, and conspiracy. Jennifer was convicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance, sales, transportation, and conspiracy.

Bryce had been with the SDPD for six years, while Jennifer had worked there for 18 years. They are each facing up to seven years and eight months in prison when they are sentenced on January 30.  "Both of these individuals will have to face the consequences of their actions, which have diminished the great work our officers do every day to serve our City," said SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman in a statement.

Search warrants for the couple state that Jennifer got 71 prescriptions from seven different doctors and then traveled to 17 pharmacies to fill them, while Bryce filled 79 prescriptions from six different doctors. Text messages between them also indicate that they even stole prescription medication from Jennifer’s mother.

Anonymous sources also told a local news outlet that the couple had become “withdrawn and secretive” in recent months. One of the insiders also alleged that Bryce had been abusing prescription drugs ever since he suffered a career-ending hockey injury.

The incident has become the latest embarrassment 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.

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