He may have tried to channel Walter White, but he came out looking like Badger.
Florida man Ryan Carroll, 28, better call Saul. He faces a slew of felony drug charges after police raided his San Carlos Park home Wednesday and allegedly found homemade synthetic drugs. In September, Carroll won a raffle contest to watch the series finale of "Breaking Bad" with the cast at a private party in Los Angeles, Naples News reports.
“If you start watching it, you can’t stop,” Carroll told Naples News of the show when he won. “It’s highly addicting, just like the meth they make [on the show].”
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) September 27, 2013
But the addicted super-fan may have been hooked on something more than just the show. News-Press reports that Carroll was a high-profiting dealer of a large-scale synthetic marijuana distribution operation, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said Carroll and his alleged drug-running colleagues used a cement mixer to combine plant matter with chemicals including Acetone. They added flavors like "jungle juice" and "electric banana" and shipped packages of the synthetic drug across the nation using the U.S. Postal Service.
Neighbors told Naples News that they saw investigators wearing rubber gloves, sifting through garbage and loading multiple plastic containers into a truck. Deputies seized more than $1 million in synthetic marijuana, according to the sheriff's office.
Neighbor Randy Hughes, 55, said there were large amounts of mail and packages delivered to Carroll's home.
“You knew something was up,” Hughes said. “They either had a very successful business, or they were up to something they shouldn’t be. Every day, FedEx deliveries.”
Carroll has been charged with felony possession of a synthetic narcotic with intent to sell, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Carroll also faces a misdemeanor charge of keeping a shop or vehicle for dangerous drugs.
Police records show that along with Carroll, 35-year-old James Allen and 33-year-old Benjamin Scott were arrested at about the same time under the same felony charge of possession of a synthetic narcotic with intent to sell.
"Breaking Bad" follows the once mild-mannered high school teacher Walter White in his quest to cook meth to provide for his family. With the help of his ex-student Jesse Pinkman, the two go on a dark journey together as they become drug kingpins.
In their search of Carroll's home, deputies seized a Hazmat suit signed by "Breaking Bad" stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as evidence.
Neighbor Peter Ryther told Fox 4 news that it was a big surprise seeing 10 cop cars in what he called a friendly neighborhood.
"Never, never in my life," Ryther said. "This is the Walter White next door, right?"
Carroll is being held on a $12,500 bond.
(NOTE: The video above states that Carroll is being held on a $1,250 bond. Carroll is being held on a $12,500 bond.)
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