- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A former New Mexico high school teacher who pleaded guilty to charges of manufacturing and possessing meth says he never successfully produced the drug.

John W. Gose, 56, says attempting to produce meth had been merely an “intellectual experience,” The Las Cruces Sun-News reported (https://bit.ly/2qJq18A ) Wednesday.

“I don’t have the chemistry skills to do that,” Gose said. “Just because I taught intro to chemistry to a bunch of ninth-graders doesn’t mean I ran a full-blown meth lab.”

Gose had no intention of selling meth if his experiment had been successful, he said. Gose has suffered from drug addiction for about 20 years.

“I got hooked on it quickly,” he said. “It’s made a big mess of my life.”

A judge has ordered Gose to undergo a 60-day diagnostic evaluation before sentencing. He pleaded guilty Monday to four meth-related charges.

Las Cruces police arrested Gose last October after a traffic stop.

Officers reported finding an ice chest in Gose’s car containing tools to manufacture methamphetamines.

Police later searched his property and found meth ingredients.

Gose said he took issue with how his case played out in court. The allegations against him made it appear as though he operated a rolling meth lab, he said.

“I would love to tell you that I was a big crook, but I’m not,” he said.

Gose taught science at Camino Real Middle School from August 2013 through February 2016. Although Gose could serve up to 20 years and six months in prison, he said he would like to teach again.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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