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Breaking Bad contest winner arrested in Florida on drug charges

Published on Jan 3, 2014 6:02 AM
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Television still from the series Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. 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. -- FILE PHOTO: AMC 

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.

 
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