Real-Life 'Breaking Bad' Teacher Pleads Guilty To Making Meth

By William Georgiades 05/05/17

The former science teacher faces 20 years in prison. 

Man in yellow protective gear preparing blue meth.

In a case of life imitating one of the most critically-acclaimed TV shows, a former science teacher in New Mexico admitted this week to making crystal meth, according to a report in People magazine

John Gose, 56, pled guilty this week to two counts of trafficking by manufacturing and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As recently as last year, however, Gose was a science teacher at a local middle school in New Mexico, much like the fictional Walter White on Breaking Bad.

Gose’s downfall began seven months ago when he was arrested during a traffic stop in Las Cruces. Police discovered a white styrofoam cooler containing items involved in making methamphetamine including glassware, rubber tubing and chemicals.

A subsequent search of his home yielded ingredients that could make about one pound of meth, with a street value of $40,000, the New York Daily News reports.

Gose had taught science for nine years at Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas, going on to teach eighth grade science at Camino Real Middle School in Las Cruces from August 2013 to February 2016.

According to a BBC report, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio praised his police force, while acknowledging the parallels to the TV show. “That the defendant in this case chose to plead guilty to all of the charges is a testament to the strength of the investigation. 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.”

Gose will enter a 60-day diagnostic evaluation with the New Mexico Department of Corrections and could face up to 20 years in prison when sentenced.

On the beloved and critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston played a fifty-something New Mexico-based chemistry teacher named Walter White who, after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, turned to making methamphetamine with one of his former students in an effort to save money so that his family would be taken care of after his eventual death.

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William Georgiades is a former editor at EsquireBlack Book, the New York Post and the Grapevine and has written for several publications including New York MagazineVanity Fair, the London Times and GQ. He has been the features editor at The Fix since 2013. You can find him on Linkedin.