'Breaking Bad' In Real Life: Blue Meth Hits The Streets
Is there a real-life Heisenberg out there? Homeland Security reports they've seen a rise in the notorious blue-tinted meth popularized by Breaking Bad being sold on the streets of New Mexico.
“We are seeing an increase in blue meth up in the Four Corners, and into the Farmington region," Kevin Abar with Homeland Security Investigations in Albuquerque, N.M. told KOB4. "It's actually being moved and pushed by various distributors."
This isn't too far off from the AMC TV show's storyline, where Walter White (a.k.a. Heisenberg) sets up a major meth operation in Albuquerque with a similarly-colored tint in his drugs. The hit drama aired its final episode of its five-season run in Sept. 2013.
However, where things differ is that the quality of this real-life meth product is actually pretty bad (unlike the show), so bad in fact that users are getting really sick from using it. While the drug starts off as 80 to 90 percent pure meth when it first gets shipped from Mexico, it then gets cut with harmful chemicals to get the blue hue. Plus, it's addictive as hell.
Authorities in Kansas City, MO and Canada have reported spotting blue-hued meth knockoffs inspired by the show in the past few years, according to TIME.
Maybe the show is inspiring some unsavory behavior around the country. There was even a Breaking Bad fan in Florida who won a contest to watch the show's season finale with the cast, but was arrested earlier this month for running his own drug operation.