Whatever you thought about meth dealers, think again. I suppose Breaking Bad did introduce the nerdy high school teacher as meth cooking mastermind, but in general you’re still probably picturing the sleazy dirty dude in the alley way with shifty eyes. Enter Casey Oden, 43, Ruston Junior High School math teacher in Louisiana. To leaf through her social media timeline you see smiling faces, kids, what appears to be loving pictures with a likely former husband (they do drop out of those timelines fast), good times, family times, and then suddenly, arrest for selling meth and prescription drugs time.
How does one go from a charity runner participant teacher mom of adorable kids to agreeing to meet a police plant to sell narcotics at a motel? I don’t know actually. You’d assume money troubles, perhaps some emotional, perhaps falling in with a bad new boyfriend? None of these clues are included in the arrest report for Oden, who was apparently set up by a guy she knew (or wronged) who went to the cops and told them he could call her up for a meth sale if they wanted. And they did. Because, well, cops love an easy bust.
Oden was pulled over by police on her way to her setup drug meet, wherein she was found in possession of meth and various anti-depressant prescription pills in her bra, which is a good place to hide drugs from a bouncer perhaps, but not police who are trained to check bra and panties for the stash. Oden was immediately arrested on multiple counts of possession of controlled substances with intent to sell. No word on who the guy was who ratted on her. Ex-husband maybe looking for child custody, now that I think of it?
In an not so ironic twist of fate, Oden remains on the payroll in her school district because that’s just how amazing teachers’ unions are in securing good deals for their teachers, including not being fired for drug arrests. She’s been pulled from her math classroom, but remains clocking in for cash, while the district tries to figure out how to get around this public relations disaster and kick her to the curb. Good luck with that, bureaucrats.