Preschool teacher, husband face marijuana charges
Posted March 12, 2014
Updated March 10
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.