SAN DIEGO – San Diego Sheriff’s deputies took two San Diego police officers into custody during a narcotics investigation in East County and 4S Ranch, authorities announced Thursday.
Officer Jennifer Charpentier, 41, and her 32-year-old husband Officer Bryce Chapentier, both SDPD officers, were arrested at 11:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.
Since then, Bryce has posted and is out on bail.
Deputies began their investigation into the couple’s alleged actions earlier in the week, but did not disclose how they were notified.
SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman was notified by Sheriff Bill Gore and the police department is cooperating with their investigation. Both officers were placed on leave and revoked of their police powers, according to SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer.
Jennifer, an 18 year veteran and works out of Western Division, was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility on charges of possession of a controlled substance, sales, transportation and conspiracy.
Bryce, a 6 year veteran who works out of Mid-City Division, was booked into Central Jail on charges of sales of a controlled substance, possession, transportation, under the influence while in possession of a loaded firearm and conspiracy.
“Those are very serious charges and they’re looking at state prison. Officers are held to a higher standard so it makes it more difficult to defend them on these charges because they know better,” criminal and civil attorney, Brian Watkins said.
Some neighbors from their 4S Ranch neighborhood were shocked to find out the drug allegations, as well as their positions in the San Diego Police Department. Some described the couple to be very much to themselves.
“Never would have guessed [they were police officers]. You always think of police as being very friendly and kind of outgoing. [The Charpentier’s] were really anything but. We’ve always known that there’s been some shadiness going on. They haven’t really been a friendly family up until now,” neighbor, Aimee Gaedee said.
The couple’s arrest is the latest blow to the San Diego Police Department that’s been recently plagued with police misconduct in the last year.
“It is another black eye on the department. Hopefully they can get past the Arevallos, the Christopher Hayes, this situation, and, with new hiring practices maintain no bad apples on the force,” Watkins said.
An arraignment had yet to be scheduled.