Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- Ryan Lee Carroll, the Fort Myers man who won the chance to meet theTV stars of "Breaking Bad," was a key player in a national syntheticmarijuana distribution operation, according to the Lee County Sheriff'sOffice.
Carroll, 28, was arrested New Year's Eve on charges of synthetic narcotic possession with intent tosell, drug possession and keeping a shop or vehicle for dangerous drugs.
Benjamin Smith, 33, of Winter Haven, and James Lee Smith, 35, of Cape Coral were arrested on similar charges.
Deputiesseized more than $1 million in synthetic marijuana from themanufacturing operation headquarters in the 1700 block of Meadow LakeCircle, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies also seized evidence from two other homes in the 17400 block of Ellie Drive and the 8400 block of Bahamas Road.
Carrolland his associates used a cement mixer to mix plant matter withchemicals, including toxic Acetone, according to the sheriff's office.They added flavors such as jungle juice or electric banana.
Thedrugs were then packaged in colorful wrappers bearing several dozendifferent brand names, and shipped via the U.S. Postal Service to otherstates.
The sheriff's office declined to release where the drugs were shipped and how long the operation has been running.
Thereare possibly more people involved who have not been arrested yet, andthe sheriff's office alluded that Carroll might be working for a bosshigher up.
Deputies also seized a souvenir Hazmat suitsigned by "Breaking Bad" cast members. The hit TV show follows the lifeof a meth manufacturer.
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