Forest ranger charged with growing marijuana

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 06:41 PM

Two people, including an Orange County forest ranger, face drug and child abuse charges stemming from a shared operation involving Raleigh and Durham police investigators.

Jacob Thompson Pressley, 33, the ranger, and Jennifer Robin Socey Carpenter, 39, both of Carpenter Fletcher Road in Durham, were charged with possession of more than six pounds of marijuana and negligent child abuse.

Officers from Durham and Raleigh served a search warrant in the home Friday and found several marijuana plants inside the house, according to the Durham Police Department. A young child was asleep in the house at the time and wasn’t hurt, police said.

Both Pressley and Carpenter were charged with felony possession, two counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to manufacture, keep or sell a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession and negligent child abuse.

A magistrate set their secured bond at $10,000 each.