Busted: Deputies arrest Vidor High School teacher for meth

Busted: Deputies arrest Vidor High School teacher for meth

Orange County Sheriff's Narcotics Deputies arrested a Vidor High School teacher who was discovered with more than 9 ounces of what they believe to be methamphetamine, in spite of her effort to hide the drugs, reports OCSO Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson.

In a news release from OCSO, Hodgkinson revealed OCSO Narcotics Detectives, with the assistance of OPD Narcotics Detectives, were working on Interstate 10 Eastbound in Orange County near Vidor at about 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 when they saw a black Dodge Charger with a Louisiana license plate commit a series of traffic violations. Detectives conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle near IH-10 and FM 105. As detectives approached the vehicle, they observed the female driver apparently attempting to hide a package that they believed contained illegal drugs. Upon questioning, the woman, identified as 34-year-old Lauren Leigh Courmier of Vinton, Louisiana, reportedly a business teacher at VHS, admitted to possessing the illegal drugs and was arrested. Detectives discovered approximately 9.6 ounces of what was believed to be methamphetamine.

Courmier was transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility where she was booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a first-degree felony.

Courmier was arraigned by District Judge Courtney Arkeen the following morning, and bond was set at $300,000. At the time of the release, Courmier remained in custody at the Orange County Jail.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation of this narcotics incident by the City of Orange Police Department and the City of Sulphur Police Department. Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt said he will "continue to utilize all of his available resources, including the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, to help rid Orange County of illegal drugs."

Vidor Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo said Nov. 17 that he would do what it takes to ensure students' safety and education.

"This morning I was notified of the arrest of a Vidor ISD teacher," said Dr. Killgo. "It is the District’s understanding the arrest is related to alleged actions occurring off-campus and while the teacher was off-duty. To our knowledge, the alleged action leading to the arrest did not involve students, staff, or Vidor ISD in any way. We are still gathering information regarding the issue but I want to reassure our students and parents that this teacher will not be working with our students while the investigation is pending. Vidor ISD has high expectations for their employees and this misconduct certainly does not meet our standards. Our school district will remain steadfast in ensuring that the best employees are working with our students and any case of inappropriate behavior will be dealt with in a swift manner."

Killgo said the VISD board would be voting Friday, Nov. 20, to suspend Courmier without pay.