Guy Who Won Breaking Bad Contest Busted for Drugs

Months after watching finale with stars of the show

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 2, 2014 11:05 AM CST

(Newser) – A 28-year-old Florida man won a trip to Hollywood in September to watch the Breaking Bad finale with the stars of the show about a meth kingpin ... and, months later, he was busted on drug charges. Investigators searched Ryan Lee Carroll's San Carlos Park home Tuesday, and Carroll was arrested and booked into jail yesterday on multiple drug possession charges, including possessing synthetic narcotics and a controlled substance, the News-Press reports.

Seems Carroll may have been something of a drug kingpin himself: The charges include "intent to sell," and he's also accused of keeping a shop or vehicle for dangerous drugs, the Naples Daily News reports. Two other men appear to have been arrested on related charges. "You knew something was up" at Carroll's home, says a neighbor. "They either had a very successful business, or they were up to something they shouldn’t be. Every day, FedEx deliveries." Adds another neighbor, "It’s just kind of mind-boggling to think stuff like that can happen right next to you."

This publicity image released by AMC shows Dean Norris as Hank Schrader, left, and Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad.
This publicity image released by AMC shows Dean Norris as Hank Schrader, left, and Bryan Cranston as Walter White in "Breaking Bad."   (AP Photo/AMC, Frank Ockenfels)
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