Looks like Walter White has moved his business to New York.
According to a report from NY Daily News, 33-year-old Mario Hernandez was caught “Breaking Bad” with 25 kilos of crystal meth in a Hyundai Sonata. In fact, there was so much, that the police needed to use dolly carts in order to haul all it all off.
“Mario Hernandez is now facing multiple narcotics trafficking charges for the speed found stowed in boxes in the trunk of his silver economical midsize sedan following a car stop outside the Holland Tunnel.”
In those boxes were $1.6 million worth of blue-colored crystal meth, inspired by the hit AMC television show Breaking Bad, the New York Post reports. According to Hernandez’s lawyer, the man was unaware of the contents in the vehicle, as it was a rental.
But not everyone thinks Hernandez is guilty. A woman identifying herself as his girlfriend told that NY Daily News that, “He works hard for a living. He’s a really good man.”
Hernandez is currently held on $500,000 bond.
For those unfamiliar, the AMC series Breaking Bad told the story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher who has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. In an effort to raise money for his family before his passing, White starts cooking crystal meth, eventually developing his trademark Blue Sky meth, which has a blue tint to it. Given that Breaking Bad has become so big in pop culture, it was inevitable that cops would start finding a similar product on the streets.
Back in January of 2014, blue Breaking Bad meth was found to be on the rise in New Mexico, and police have been warning of knockoffs as early as 2010. Despite the fact that the series in no way glamorizes the use of crystal meth, it makes sense that curious viewers may make an extra effort to get their hands on the TV-inspired product. Kevin Abar, a spokespersons for the Department of Homeland Security in Albuquerque, spoke to KOB TV on that very subject.
“Its truly bad. We’re concerned that individuals may find it sexy and want to try it and utilize the drug and it’s very addictive.”
Bridget Brennan, the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor, also expressed her concern on the rising popularity of crystal meth.
“It is something that we continue to keep an eye on. The point of origin for the big methamphetamine that we’ve had is Mexico and if the Mexicans are pushing out meth the same way they are pushing out heroin and its finding its way to New York, then we’re going to have a problem.”
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