Breaking Bad contest winner busted

Last updated 10:07 04/01/2014
Fairfax Australia

Florida man, Ryan Lee Carroll, a fanatic of hit TV show, Breaking Bad, won a chance to watch the show's finale before getting caught-up in his own life drug drama.

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A Florida man who won a contest to watch the finale of the hit drug-themed show Breaking Bad with its cast has been arrested and charged with running an underground drug distribution operation.

In what appears to be a bizarre case of life imitating art, police from Lee Country Sheriff's Office raided Ryan Lee Carroll's Fort Myers home and uncovered an elaborate operation in the garage to manufacture the synthetic marijuana known as "spice".

"Detectives discovered large rubber bins containing by-products of the substance, shelves full of containers with thousands of packages of finished product and hundreds of uncashed money orders totalling thousands of dollars," said a report on the sheriff's website.

"Ironically, Ryan Lee Carroll was a contest winner for the hit TV series Breaking Bad."

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad and, right, the signed souvenir Hazmat suit.

As well as the sophisticated drug lab they also found a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by Breaking Bad cast members.

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

Two other suspects were arrested and their homes served as additional manufacturing and storage facilities for the illicit drug operation.

More than 315 kg of 79,000 individually packaged packets of synthetic marijuana were seized with an estimated street value of $US1.25 million ($AU1.4 million)

"The investigation has put a large dent in the availability of spice nationally," the sheriff's office said.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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