Former SOSU instructor arrested in Durant meth bust

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DURANT, Okla. -- Bryan County authorities made a dangerous discovery Tuesday morning. Drug task force investigators say they served a search warrant at a home in the 1000 block of North 12th Street in Durant and found an operational meth lab.

Investigators also found several types of grenades in the home including a central nervous system gas grenade. They arrested Steve Moody, 55, for manufacturing.

"It’s just a matter of time before we catch you. This guy, he was really surprised wanting to know how we got there. Obviously that's not something we're going to tell them. Sooner or later, we're going to get these, and we're going to catch you. You have to get lucky everyday, I only have to get lucky one day," Wayne Stanley of the Bryan County Drug Task Force said.

Moody is a former instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He was booked into the Bryan County Jail on Tuesday.


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  • by Larry Fite Location: 1247 waco on Jul 25, 2008 at 04:33 AM
    Lighten up Jeff, This Man , Is Ur Dad. thanks for reading this. Or did U?, Be please to chat. 5803808126
  • by Jerry - Former SOSU Student Location: Dallas on Jun 18, 2008 at 03:51 PM
    I met Steve when I came to SOSU in the early 80s as a foreign student from Africa. Most of the professors weren't receptive to foreign students but Steve was an exception. As a twenty year old student in a strange place, I didn't know what to expect and the type of questions to ask. I approached Steve for guidance based on the fact that he had lived abroad with insights on other cultures. From that point on, he became my unofficial academic counselor, mentor and then became my official academic adviser. As my studies progressed, I would talk to Mr. Moody about some of the problems I encountered at school and he was very receptive. Deanna worked in the Registrars' office at the time and was very helpful too. After I finished my Master's degree, Steve advised me to pursue my Doctorate degree. Itook his advise and today I'm a corporate executive with a Ph.D.in part because of him. Steve was a good person with a big heart. Instead of been judgmental, please pray for him and his family.
  • by Mark Location: N. TX on Jun 17, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    Addiction can affect anyone anywhere. One percent of the population in our country is incarcerated and 80% of those are for drug and/or alcohol offences. I'd say that's a very serious problem. The system is obviously broken, don't you think? Simply locking an addict up in jail doesn't seem to be working. We need to support education and rehabilitation to the fullest extent and do our best to get this problem under control.
  • by Former SOSU Student Location: Dallas, Texas on Jun 17, 2008 at 10:31 AM
    Please publish the comments I posted yesterday that began with: "The year was 1983...."
  • by Someone Else's Mother Location: Durant on Jun 16, 2008 at 12:02 PM
    Drugs are not new to Steve Moody. He was on drugs in highschool and was caught and became a snitch in 1970. After getting several others busted, some innocent, and sent to prison he left the country and didn't return for years. He did teach at the college and I spoke to him once about his past and what he had done to those innocent lives and he said he was really sorry but didn't know what else to do for himself at the time and didn't know how to make up for what he did. Maybe he has mental problems because of what he did but I don't care, he brought that on himself. This will not be the first time he has been in prison for meth but this time he should stay. Bless his family.
  • by TRUTH on Jun 14, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    This guy joined the military to get off drugs and clean up his life. He managed to get a degree and start a new life but never completly gave up drugs. He lived a double life for many years and hurt alot of people. John Wayne Gacey was a nice guy and was active in civic groups in his community but he was still a criminal. Time finally caught up with this man and he will have to pay for his mistakes. He is not a causulity he is a selfish man who chose to ruin his life and many others by his actions.
  • by Stephanie Guinn Location: Fort Gibson on Jun 13, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    I have known Steve my entire life and he is part of my family. The mistakes that led to this arrest are a tragedy and any of you that are casting stones should be ashamed of yourselves. Addiction is a part of MANY peoples lives whether it be cigarettes, alcohol, food, gambling, or drugs. (They all will kill you and destroy the lives of your loved ones.) I am willing to bet that many of you that are trashing Steve call yourselves Christians; yet, you do not seem to be very forgiving, which is the basis of Christianity. Steve has many family members, including innocent children, that are suffering due to the ignorance of society. Get some education on addiction and look in the mirror and then ponder your thoughts. As far as his perfomance as a professor, that is irrelevant and just the ranting of stupid students that could not hang in with the curriculum. (So just shut up) Think of the big picture before you spat thoughts that are unfounded and ignorant. Stephanie Guinn
  • by qualls on Jun 13, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    Prayers to his family, hold up your heads, you have done all you can do, we need to get the drugs out the society before they bring us all down, they have invaded us all
  • by Blake Location: TX on Jun 13, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    Never liked this guy as an instructor, he was always pompous and seemed more interested in telling you how superior he was rather than teaching. Still, hate to see this happen to anyone.
  • by just me Location: Madill on Jun 12, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    Alcohol and drugs can destroy your life and your families lives, even if you are the kindest person to walk the earth! I pray for all involved and I pray for anyone struggling with addiction.
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