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Breaking Bad at 10: the bizarre Walter White cases in real life

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It’s been 10 years since seminal crime drama Breaking Bad first hit screens, debuting on January 20, 2008. The show’s […]

It’s been 10 years since seminal crime drama Breaking Bad first hit screens, debuting on January 20, 2008.

The show’s set-up remains inspired. A struggling chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer turns to a life of crime, producing and selling crystal meth to secure his family’s financial future.

Breaking Bad’s plot may seem far-fetched to some, regardless of its widespread acclaim and pop culture impact. But there have been some notable ‘real Walter Whites’ in the news in recent years. Some here in Britain.

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Sophisticated operations

Bridgend IT teacher Macphallen Kuwale was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after he was caught with £8,000 worth of cocaine in 2014.

His set-up – described as “sophisticated” by detectives – included cutting agents and a pressing machine, used to make the cocaine appear to be of a higher grade.

Much as Walter White conducted his dealings under the alias of Heisenberg using a second mobile phone, detectives found Kuwale had been arranging dr*g deals via coded text messages under the name “Mac”.

When questioned, the teacher denied being a dr*g dealer, insisting he was just holding the dr*gs as a favour.

Breaking Bad Season One was shortened by two episodes as a result of the 2007/2008 Writers' Strike(Photo: AMC)

Wrexham chemistry teacher Susan McKay didn’t her put her knowledge of compounds to use, however.

Instead, she headed down a more horticultural route to turn her home into a [email protected]@bis farm in 2015.

Three of her house’s seven bedrooms and one of its bathrooms were converted to grow the plants, an operation overseen in conspiracy with members of her family.

In total, 115 plants were seized by police, a harvest that was capable of producing dr*gs with a street value of up to £96,600.

Respected members of staff

A business studies teacher from Swansea used her financial acumen to become a dr*g dealer last year, offering the Class C dr*g Valium to students (with a discounted rate for bulk buying).

Rachel Ryan was sentenced to 15 months in prison after police seized more than £1,900 worth of dr*gs from her home.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Bryan Groves said: “Rachel Ryan used her knowledge gained as the head of Business Studies in her role as a dr*g dealer.

“This was seen in one of her text messages where she offered a discounted price if a dr*g user purchased more than 100 tablets.”

 AMC)Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad (Photo: AMC)

In 2011, a respected and well-liked professor at Cal State University in San Bernardino, California was arrested on suspicion of living a double life as dr*g-dealing, gun-toting meth dealer, dubbed ‘Skinz’.

Stephen Kinzey was described as a “cool cat” by his students, before police raided his home, reportedly finding meth, rifles, brass knuckles and Nazi SS insignias.

Kinzey was accused of being the secret leader of a biker gang called The Devil’s Disciples.

The ‘real-life’ Walter White

In 2016, a terminally ill man was jailed for 19 years in Australia for smuggling $60 million worth of methamphetamine to provide for his family.

Anthony John Scott – who suffers from a heart condition –  smuggled more than 47 kilograms of the dr*g along with up to 1,400 pseudoephedrine tablets from Indonesia, using his stone product importing business as a front.

But in 2013, things reached a bizarre pinnacle of life-imitating art, when a 53-year-old goatee-wearing man named Walter White was caught by the US Dr*g Enforcement Administration dealing methamphetamine.

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Much like his TV namesake, White said he got addicted to the life of a dr*g pusher and found it difficult to stop.

White’s dealing career came to a halt after a police investigation was triggered by a shootout with his own son, following a heated argument.

Two handguns, $15,000 in cash and four ounces of meth were found on his property, and White was sentenced to more than 12 years in a federal prison.

The question of whether Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan’s premise was just incredibly well crafted, or these real-life cases were inspired by his TV show, is one we’ll never know.

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