“Breaking Bad” Science Teacher Pleads Guilty to Making Meth

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John Gose

A science teacher in the U.S. state of New Mexico pleaded guilty on Monday to the illegal production of methamphetamine

John Gose, 56, was arrested in October 2016 after police, during a traffic control, found laboratory equipment in his car that is often used to produce that drug.

Gose faced two charges for traffic and production (of drugs) and a third for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, for the equipment used to produce the drug. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

When Gose was arrested, agents of the Las Cruces Police Department discovered in his car a container containing glassware, rubber tubes and chemicals – which a laboratory later confirmed could be used to make methamphetamine.

The case was then transferred to the New Mexico State Police.

A later raid on his San Miguel home revealed that the former professor had enough chemicals and supplies to produce at least one pound of methamphetamine, with a street value of approximately 45,000, according to the prosecution .

His case did not escape comparisons with the television series Breaking Bad, which told the fictional story of a science teacher who produces methamphetamine after being diagnosed with cancer.

In a media release, Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio credits the the strength of the investigation for Gose pleading guilty to all charges. He stated that this chapter of this case of life imitating art can be closed thanks to the police and prosecutors.

A judge has ordered John Gose to undergo a 60-day diagnostic evaluation before sentencing.

Gose had worked for more than eight years at a high school in El Paso, Texas, and until 2016 had taught science in eighth grade at a Las Cruces Public School.

In the Breaking Bad TV series, fictional character Walter White teaches chemistry at a high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Walter White
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad”

Photos: John Gose (Las Cruces Police Department), Walter White (AMC)