Teacher caught running $1.5 million cocaine lab in home

Somebody watched too much "Breaking Bad."
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   March 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

A secondary school teacher has been busted for running a $1.5 million cocaine lab in an operation reminiscent of the television show Breaking Bad.

Macphallen Kuwale was sentenced to over 3 years in prison after police found over 100 grams of cocaine, cutting agents, and a pressing machine in his Cardiff home.

"He was involved in street-level dealing as well as a sophisticated wholesale operation," said a South Wales detective, "It was totally unusual. It is not something you come across everyday."

Detectives also found that Kuwale used a secret cellphone to text coded messages to arrange drug deals under the alias "Mac." These similarities to Breaking Bad are rampant: The main character, Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, is a chemistry teacher who starts a large methamphetamine operation using a second mobile phone and the alias "Heisenberg" to hide his business.

Upon his arrest, Kuwale said he wasn't a cocaine dealer but was holding the materials for a friend.

[The Guardian]

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