By Marg and Izzy
A Fort Myers, Florida man, who won a contest to meet the stars of the television series , “Breaking Bad,” was apparently a key player in a drug operation himself.
Ryan Lee Carroll, 28, was arrested , December 31, on charges of synthetic narcotic possession with intent to sell, drug possession and keeping a shop or vehicle for dangerous drugs as part of a national synthetic distribution operation along with Benjamin Smith, 33, of Winter Haven, Florida, and James Lee Allen, 35, of Cape Coral , Florida.
According to their report, the Lee County Florida Sheriff’s Office seized more than $1 million in synthetic marijuana from the manufacturing operation headquarters.
The suspects apparently used a cement mixer to mix plant matter with chemicals, according to the report. They added flavors such as jungle juice or electric banana.
The drugs were packaged in colorful wrappers bearing several dozen different brand names, and shipped using the U.S. Postal Service to other states.
Authorities also seized evidence from two residences, including a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by the “Breaking Bad” cast members. “Breaking Bad,” the hit AMC show, followed the life of a meth manufacturer, Walter White.