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Former lawmaker is real-life Walter White, faces meth charges

By Kristen Butler, UPI.com
Former Massachusetts state representative Stephen Doran faces charges of trafficking methamphetamine. (Screenshot via Fox 25)
Former Massachusetts state representative Stephen Doran faces charges of trafficking methamphetamine. (Screenshot via Fox 25)

Former Massachusetts lawmaker Stephen W. Doran was charged Wednesday with drug trafficking after allegedly receiving a package containing more than 400 grams of methamphetamine at a charter school where he worked as a math and English tutor, authorities said.

Like something right out of a "Breaking Bad" script, Doran has been battling stage III cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. The hit AMC series follows the character Walter White, a science teacher with terminal cancer who becomes a meth cook and trafficker, ostensibly to leave his family money.

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Doran, 57, left the Match Charter Public Middle School with the package, which had been mailed through the United States Postal Service. State troopers had already received "information that [Doran] might receive a package," and pulled him over and opened the package.

Police found two heat-sealed baggies containing 480 grams of a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. Authorities searched Doran's home and found a further 38 grams of the highly-addictive stimulant, $10,000 in cash, a digital scale and "other items consistent with drug distribution."

In total, prosecutors estimate the total street value of the seized drugs to be about $50,000.

Doran, a Democrat, served as state representative from 1980 and 1994, focused on "budgetary issues, consumer protection, drug/alcohol abuse, economic development, education, elderly affairs, employment, environmental issues, housing, local aid, social services, and women's issues," according to state records.

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If Doran posts $10,000 cash bail, he will be required to wear a GPS device and remain home, except in the case of medical appointments. If convicted, Doran would serve at least eight and up to 20 years in prison.

Match Charter Public Middle School wrote in a statement that Doran had passed a criminal background check prior to being hired. Doran is no longer employed at the school, and officials do not believe other staff are involved.

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