Police catch former Vidor teacher with meth…again

When Lauren Courmier (inset) was arrested, officers discovered 28 grams of meth.

A former Vidor Independent School District teacher busted with more than 9 ounces of methamphetamine last November is again in jail on drug charges after officers with the Orange Police Department (OPD) stopped her March 8 and allegedly discovered approximately 28 grams of the same deadly drug in her possession.

According to OPD Capt. Robert Enmon, officers and Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 34-year-old Lauren Courmier for the second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance after finding the meth during a traffic stop near Adams Bayou and MLK in Orange when Courmier reportedly failed to maintain a single lane of traffic. A second-degree felony is punishable with from 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

During the March 8 stop, investigators reported that they noticed Courmier was acting nervous and making movements around the cab of the vehicle. The subsequent search of the vehicle produced a large quantity of drugs, although not as much as the former educator was caught with Nov. 16, 2015.

On that date, 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. 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 Interstate 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. The woman turned out to be Courmier, at the time a business teacher for Vidor High School. Upon questioning, Courmier, a resident of Vinton, Louisiana, admitted possessing the illegal drugs and was arrested. Detectives discovered approximately 9.6 ounces of what was believed to be methamphetamine in her possession. Courmier was arrested for first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, and her bond set at $300,000. The bond was later reduced to $50,000. Courmier posted the bond and was released – but minus her teaching job.

VISD, her former employer, acted quickly after Courmier’s arrest last year. Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo said Nov. 17, 2015, that he would always do whatever it takes to ensure students’ safety and education.

“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,” Killgo said in a statement then. “Vidor ISD has high expectations for their employees, and this misconduct certainly does not meet our standards.”

A few days later, the board approved Courmier’s unpaid suspension pending her termination, which was also later approved.

After Courmier’s latest arrest March 8, she again faced Judge Courtney Arkeen at the 128th District Court in Orange County. March 9, Judge Arkeen set her bond at $100,000 on the new charges and added in the $300,000 bond from Courmier’s old charges, making her total bond $400,000.

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt said he would “continue to utilize all of his available resources, including the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, to help rid Orange County of illegal drugs.”

Anyone with information about illegal drug activities is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas at (409) 833-TIPS. All calls are anonymous and could earn the caller a cash reward.

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