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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A pair of married veteran police officers were facing a slew of drug-related charges Friday in yet another scandal to hit the San Diego Police Department this year.
According to sheriff's officials, San Diego police officer Bryce Charpentier, 32, and his wife Jennifer, 41, are facing several charges. Bryce Charpentier was charged with sales of a controlled substance, being under the influence while in possession of a loaded firearm and conspiracy.
Jennifer Charpentier is charged with possession of a controlled substance, sales and conspiracy.
Deputies with the Sheriff's Department headed the investigation and swarmed the 4S Ranch home around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Officials say it happened during the course of a narcotics investigation taking place Thursday in East County and 4S Ranch.
Bryce Charpentier, who has been with the department six years and works out of Mid-City, was booked into the Central Jail. Jennifer Charpentier has been with San Diego police 18 years and is currently working out of Western Division. She was booked into Las Colinas Women's Detention Center.
Jail records show Bryce Charpentier, was booked into the downtown jail around 4:30 p.m. and posted a $50,000 bond. Jennifer Charpentier was booked in the Las Colinas facility around 9 pm. Thursday and also posted a $50,000 bond.
Bryce Charpentier was tentatively scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, while his wife's initial court appearance was slated for June 16, according to the District Attorney's Office.
One neighbor tells CBS News 8 the couple wasn't exactly friendly, and she was surprised to find out they were police officers.
"I'll just wave and he wouldn't wave back," neighbor Cathy said. "That was the real shocker, that they were police officers."
There were four children living in the home. The couple's Facebook pages show they started dating in 2011 and married in April, 2013. According to divorce court documents, Jennifer has two sons from a previous marriage. Neighbor Mary Jane told CBS News 8 she thought Bryce Charpentier was a good father.
"The father is just a great dad. he is always outside playing with his kids," Mary Jane said
Upon being notified of the arrests, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman placed both of the suspects on leave and revoked their police powers.
Zimmerman released this statement Thursday:
"The San Diego Police Department is fully cooperating with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and is in complete support of their investigation. When notified of the arrests, Chief Zimmerman immediately placed both officers on leave and revoked their police powers. Officer Bryce Charpentier is a 6-year-veteran and works out of Mid-City Division. Officer Jennifer Charpentier is an 18-year veteran and works out of Western Division."
The police department has been saddled with officer misconduct cases this year, including ones involving alleged domestic violence and alleged sexual assaults against female suspects.
In late April and early May, Officer Gilbert Lorenzo, 31, was arrested twice on suspicion of assaulting his wife. Following a review of the allegations, prosecutors declined to filed charges against him.
Two months earlier, Officer Christopher Hays, 30, was charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with his detention of several women. He resigned from the department the next day. He is awaiting trial.
Also in February, a woman alleged that Officer Donald Moncrief, 39, groped her and exposed himself after arresting her last year. Moncrief, who has since left the department, was not charged in the case and has filed a claim against the city.
On Feb. 22, Detective Karen Almos, 47, was arrested on suspicion of DUI after being found passed out in a parked car in Balboa Park. She later pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay a fine of about $2,100.