‘Breaking Bad’ IRL: New Mexico High School Chemistry Teacher Busted Running Meth Operation

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Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: a middle-aged white chemistry teacher with a cheesy mustache from New Mexico turned to a life of crime by selling meth. Sound familiar? Well, this ain’t Breaking Bad, this is actually real life.

In the crazy life imitating art situation, John W. Gose, who is a high school chemistry teacher in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was arrested for producing methamphetamines. Walter White would be proud, minus the whole getting caught part.


Gose was arrested last October during a traffic stop where police found a styrofoam ice chest with all of the accouterments to make meth. A search of Gose’s property unveiled enough chemicals to make about a pound of meth, worth more than $40,000 on the street.

Earlier this week, the 56-year-old Gose pleaded guilty to four counts: two counts of trafficking by manufacturing and once count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“That the defendant in this case chose to plead guilty to all of the charges is a testament to the strength of the investigation,” Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said. “Thanks to the hard work of the Las Cruces Police Department, the New Mexico State Police and the prosecutors in this office, we are able to close the books on this case of life imitating art while saving the taxpayers of New Mexico the cost of a jury trial.”

The judge in the case ordered Walter White IRL to undergo a 60-day diagnostic evaluation before he’s sentenced.

The report does not state if Gose was caught in his tighty whities.


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