'Breaking Bad' still a big business presence in Albuquerque

Jan. 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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ALBUQUERQUE, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Albuquerque businesses marketed around AMC's drama "Breaking Bad" say the end of the show hasn't slowed their success although some criticize their actions.

Debbie Ball, who owns the Candy Lady confection shop, said candy made to resemble the blue methamphetamine made by series protagonist Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, went on sale for $1 per bag in 2012 and sales quickly grew to $500 per day, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Mike Silva and Jesse Herron, who offer a weekly trolley tour of 20 "Breaking Bad" filming sites in Albuquerque, said each tour seats 34 people and the $65 tickets regularly sell out within three minutes of going on sale online.

"We've never had one person say we're glorifying meth," Silva said. "We'd never want to be accused of trying to cash in on 'Breaking Bad.' We're just celebrating a phenomenon."

However, Ball said she has been accused of glorifying meth by making candy that resembles the drug.

She said a man recently shouted at her about how his son died of a meth overdose, leading her to share her own story of her daughter-in-law's death from using the drug.

"I told him we were both experiencing an educational moment," Ball said. "We all know Albuquerque is hooked on meth. This TV show gives us reason to talk about the problem."

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