Florida "Breaking Bad" Contest Winner Busted on Drug Charges

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014  |  Updated 1:35 PM EDT
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A Florida man who won a contest last year to watch the "Breaking Bad" finale with the cast was arrested on drug charges early Wednesday.

Ryan Lee Carroll, 28, was booked into the Lee County Jail around 1:30 a.m. on charges of possession of a synthetic narcotic, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and keeping a shop or vehicle for dangerous drugs, jail records showed.


He was being held on $12,500 bond and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

Authorities arrested Carroll after an investigation at his San Carlos Park home, WPTV reported. Another man, 35-year-old James Lee Allen, was also arrested on the same charges.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Carroll was running an interstate synthetic marijuana distribution operation. More than $1 million in synthetic marijuana was seized during the bust.

According to deputies, the suspects used a cement mixer to create the drugs. The drugs were shipped through the U.S. Postal Service to other states.

Carroll was the big winner back in September of a contest sponsored by "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul to win a trip to Los Angeles to watch the series finale with the cast at a private party.


At the time of the contest, Carroll, a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, said the show was "highly addicting, just like the meth they make."

Investigators also seized a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by "Breaking Bad" cast members.

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