News

‘Breaking Bad’ superfan arrested on drug charges

‘Breaking Bad’ superfan arrested on drug charges

LIFE IMITATING ART: Ryan Lee Carroll was arrested in Florida. Along with drugs, police said they confiscated a signed Hazmat suit, similar to the one worn by Aaron Paul (left) and Bryan Cranston on the hit show "Breaking Bad." Photo: Associated Press

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida man who won a contest to watch the finale of the drug-themed TV show “Breaking Bad” with its cast has been arrested on charges he ran an underground synthetic marijuana distribution operation, police said on Thursday.

In a possible case of life imitating art, Ryan Lee Carroll, 28, was arrested on New Year’s Eve and charged with manufacturing and shipping a synthetic marijuana known as “Spice” to distribution points across the country from his home in Fort Myers, in southwest Florida.

Two other suspects were arrested and their homes served as additional manufacturing and storage facilities for the illicit drug operation, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“Ironically, Ryan Lee Carroll was a contest winner for the hit TV series ‘Breaking Bad’; a show about a chemistry teacher turned drug dealer,” the statement said.

It said more than 700 pounds – 79,000 individually packaged packets of synthetic marijuana – were seized with an estimated street value of $1.25 million.

“The investigation has put a large dent in the availability of ‘Spice’ nationally,” the sheriff’s office said.

In addition to the synthetic marijuana and by-products of the substance seized at Carroll’s home, deputies said they had confiscated a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by “Breaking Bad” cast members.

A lawyer for Carroll could not immediately be reached for comment.

The suit was similar to the one worn by Walter White, the fictitious former high school teacher in the TV show who amasses a fortune by manufacturing a potent variety of meth or methamphetamine.

(Reporting by Tom Brown; Editing by Grant McCool)

Recent Headlines

20 mins ago in Local Sports

Seahawks select Maryland DT Quinton Jefferson

Fresh
seattle seahawks logo generic

Jefferson is the second defensive lineman, along with Jarran Reed, selected by the Seahawks in this draft.

12 hours ago in Local Sports

Hernandez ties Mariners win record with decision over KC

felix from seattle mariners via twitter

Seth Smith provided the only run — and the only hit — for the Mariners, leading off the sixth inning with a home run to right off Royals starter Kris Medlen.

12 hours ago in Local Sports

Blazers advance 4-2 with victory over the Clippers

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after making a three point basket during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday, April 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 98-84. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Damian Lillard scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by holding off the resilient Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

12 hours ago in Local Sports

Seahawks brass fill needs in 3rd round

pete and john from seahawks headquarter at the vmac

General Manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll grabbed a running back, tight end and a guard with their 3 picks in the 3rd round.

15 hours ago in Local Sports

Seattle trades up to get Alabama DT Jarran Reed

Jarren Reed

Reed is a major fit after the Seahawks lost run-stopping defensive tackle Brandon Mebane in free agency.