Mom: Meth lab suspect's equipment was for making wine

By Ben Hooper  |  Dec. 23, 2015 at 9:48 AM
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LA GRANGE, Ill., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A Chicago-area mom whose son was twice arrested for operating a meth lab said the man, who wore a Breaking Bad T-shirt in his mug shot, was only making wine.

Daniel Kowalski, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor and felony drug possession charges and was sentenced to two years of probation and 30 hours of community service.

However, Kowalski's mother, Jan Kowalski, said her son was not making methamphetamine when police raided his home in unincorporated La Grange Highlands in February 2014.

The mother said the items identified by police as inactive meth lab equipment -- glass beakers, burners and chemicals -- had another purpose.

"He had winemaking equipment," Jan Kowalski told the Chicago Tribune.

She said her son used the equipment recently to manufacture two batches of wine.

Kowalski, who was previously arrested for operating a meth lab at his home in July 2013, was wearing a "Los Pollos Hermanos" T-shirt inspired by the meth-themed TV series Breaking Bad when he posed for his mug shot in 2014.

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