Crime

High School Chemistry Teacher 'Caught' Making Meth

| by Denise Recalde

A former high school chemistry teacher pleaded guilty in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to four counts linked to producing and trafficking methamphetamine. 

John W. Gose, 56, pleaded guilty to trafficking by manufacturing, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia possession, KTSM reports. 

The case bears significant similarities to the events in TV series "Breaking Bad," where New Mexico high school chemistry teacher Walter White started manufacturing methamphetamine to support his family after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

According to the Attorney's Office of Dona Ana District, Gose had been a teacher at Irvin High School in nearby El Paso Independent School District for eight years until he retired in 2008. Following that, he worked as a substitute teacher in the Public School System of Las Cruces. 

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Police officers arrested Gose on Oct. 2, 2016, soon after LCPD investigators discovered a white, Styrofoam ice chest that contained rubber tubing, glassware and chemicals -- paraphernalia typically used to manufacture meth. 

New Mexico State Police aided in the investigation and came across chemicals and supplies in his home that led them to suspect Gose was actively producing meth. 

Investigators say Gose had access to ingredients to produce a minimum of 1 pound of meth, worth around $44,000.

"That defendant in the case chose to plead guilty to all charges is a testament to the strength of the investigation," Dona Ana District Attorney Mark D'Antonio said in a May 2 press release.

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Prosecutors say the judge has ordered Gose to undergo a 60-day diagnostic evaluation before being sentenced, reports KDBC.

Gose was arrested by police during a traffic stop.

Families connected to the students attending Camino Real were shocked when they found about the charges against Gose.

"I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. I mean, you don't expect a teacher to have that kind of stuff in his car," Misty Ward said, KDBC reports. 

"You don't expect it, you know? He's supposed to be a model for kids and does a 180, right? It's just crazy," Ward added.

"It's just conflicting [with] what parents are trying to teach our children," Eileen Lujan said. 

The case has similarities to one at Erin Mills Middle School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. 

The mother of a 13-year-old boy claims he was given instructions for making and injecting crystal meth by his drama teacher as part of an assignment. 

“I popped a blood vessel,” the boy’s mother, Delight Greenidge, told CBC in an interview, reports Gizmodo. “I was in a state of shock ... I’m thinking this cannot be real.”

Sources: KTSMGizmodo, KDBC / Photo credit: StevePB/Pixabay

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