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Preschool teacher, husband face marijuana charges

Posted March 12, 2014
Updated March 10, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: The charges against Kristen Marrisett were dismissed on April 29, 2014. In July 2015, all charges against Larrin Marrisett were expunged from the record.

A preschool teacher and her husband face multiple drug charges after a package of marijuana was shipped to their home.

The package contained two pounds of marijuana along with chocolates, cookies and candy containing the drug, according to a search warrant.

Raleigh police discovered the package during a routine K-9 sweep of the FedEx terminal on Atlantic Avenue. The package was then delivered to the home of Larrin and Kristen Marrisett.

Kristen Marrisett, who is the lead teacher at Wake Forest preschool, did not answer any questions when approached at her Sugar House Street residence. She and her husband are charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a place for drugs. Both are scheduled to appear in court March 25.

Neighbors were surprised to hear of the arrests.

“This is a family neighborhood, there are kids everywhere,” Shelly Truman said. “You hate to see something like that in this kind of neighborhood.”

Doug Nash was just as surprised.

“I never would have expected it from this neighborhood,” he said. “You don't see a lot of suspicious activity around.”

While the package came from Colorado, where marijuana is legal, it is still illegal to possess or sell the drug in North Carolina.

“We’re going to keep charging (people) until somebody tells us differently,” Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 17, 2014

    @Blue Charger said, “I base my actions on a simple code; The Golden Rule.”

    Great. It’s all about putting yourself in other people’s place...but I don’t think you’re doing that:

    1- How does, what these people did, affect you or others in any way different than if they brought home a case of beer?

    2- How would you feel if they passed laws prohibiting you from doing something that you like to do?...something that maybe makes you forget your chronic pain from Cancer, your PTSD from war, ...or any number of other things that other people have *no business* knowing about?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 17, 2014

    @Blue Charger, why did you completely ignore my real question... If pot were legal, would you continue to complain about what others* do with their own lives in the privacy of their own home?

    *taxpaying, adult citizens

  • amandaharman1 Mar 14, 2014

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    like I said, you don't know them and you don't know what your talking about.

  • John Weston Mar 14, 2014
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    Yeah, I don't agree. There are lots of unjust, unconstitutional laws out there. Like the one that said you had to return fugitive slaves to their "owners". Wisconsin refused to comply with the federal law which had previously upheld by the Supreme Court by the way! So much for them getting it right all the time. I'm afraid if you leave it to fallible men and women to decide what is best for us, you will have your life dictated to you in a manner which is not consistent with your own pursuit of happiness. Not for me. Victimless "crimes" should never be prosecuted and juries should nullify them when they are. There is certainly something to be said for civil disobedience.

  • Brian Jenkins Mar 13, 2014

    BLUECHARGER just proved herself ignorant to NC forfeiture laws.

  • Barbara Sossomon Mar 13, 2014
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    When your children are adults, as Sheriff Harrison's daughter is, you are no longer responsible for them, their debts, or their deeds. If you do not have adult children, one day you may learn that lesson the hard way.

  • Brian Jenkins Mar 13, 2014

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    Can you give me some complaints about her business. This is a PERSONAL issue. Please show all the complaints from her school. She must have them being a drug addicted criminal. Show us. Thanks.

  • Don Dickerson Mar 13, 2014
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    I've gone over the speed limit a time or three in my life, and I got caught doing it once. Once in 32 years of driving, several of those years driving professionally with over 300k miles under my belt with one accident that was mechanical failure. And for my speeding ticket, I never ONCE thought or declared that the law was dumb, that everyone did it, that things would go much smoother if only the state stayed out of my business, and the loss of that kind of hubris when busted for something is something I'm seeing a LOT of in this state and country. The "don't judge me" crowd has taken away public shame and any incentive to do "the right thing" when called upon. I base my actions on a simple code; The Golden Rule. If what I do affects anyone else, if it's in an undeserved negative way, and I can foresee that, I just don't do it. Period. And I paid for that ticket. Mightily. More than you can ever guess.

  • Barbara Sossomon Mar 13, 2014
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    Let's see, at this time, Alcohol is legal, but pot is not. So, if you are a law abiding citizen, then you do not have pot in your possession.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Mar 13, 2014

    Lol Donnie had to get that line in remember folks it is a reelection year!

    His department has a lot of shady doings anyways. From 2001 until 2010 his deputies could "conveniently" omit exculpatory evidence from an incident report and leave it up to the accused to prove their innocence.

    A good federal investigation is needed of some police organizations in wake county as long as the DA turns a blind eye to all the misconduct and allows internal affairs to keep covering for the departments.

    Donnie should worry more about his daughter and her on going shenanigans before trying to save people in wake county from themselves....