‘Breaking Bad’ Raffle Winner Charged With Distributing Synthetic Marijuana

FORT MYERS, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Authorities say a Florida man who won a raffle to watch the series finale of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” with the cast has been charged with running an interstate synthetic marijuana distribution operation.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports that Ryan Lee Carroll ran the operation from his Fort Myers home with two other men. He was arrested on New Year’s Eve.

Carroll told WBBH-TV last September that he related to the show’s main character, Walter White.

“It’s just so addicting. It’s such a good show. I think it’s addicting because people can relate to the main character,” Carroll told WBBH.

Authorities seized more than $1 million in synthetic marijuana during the bust.

“It was kind of scary,” neighbor Peter Ryther told WFTX-TV. “I came home at about 6 p.m. and there were still about 10 cop cars and they had this big bread truck and they were bringing boxes and boxes of something out.”

Ryther added: “This is the Walter White next door, right?”

According to deputies, the suspects used a cement mixer to create the drugs. The drugs were shipped through the U.S. Postal Service to other states.

Investigators also seized a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by “Breaking Bad” cast members. “Breaking Bad” follows a former high school teacher producing and selling meth with a previous student.

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