Ryan Carroll, James Lee Allen and Benjamin Scott Smith were arrested in connection to the synthetic marijuana operation. Lee County Sheriff's Office
Ryan Lee Carroll, the Fort Myers man who won the chance to meet the
TV stars of "Breaking Bad," was a key player in a national synthetic
marijuana distribution operation, according to the Lee County Sheriff's
Carroll, 28, was arrested New
Year's Eve on charges of synthetic narcotic possession with intent to
sell, drug possession and keeping a shop or vehicle for dangerous drugs.
Benjamin Smith, 33, of Winter Haven, and James Lee Allen, 35, of Cape Coral were arrested on similar charges.
seized more than $1 million in synthetic marijuana from the
manufacturing operation headquarters in the 1700 block of Meadow Lake
Circle, 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.
and his associates used a cement mixer to mix plant matter with
chemicals, including toxic Acetone, according to the sheriff's office.
They added flavors such as jungle juice or electric banana.
drugs were then packaged in colorful wrappers bearing several dozen
different brand names, and shipped via the U.S. Postal Service to other
The sheriff's office declined to release where the drugs were shipped and how long the operation has been running.
are possibly more people involved who have not been arrested yet, and
the sheriff's office alluded that Carroll might be working for a boss
Deputies also seized a souvenir Hazmat suit
signed by "Breaking Bad" cast members. The hit TV show follows the life
of a meth manufacturer.
Written by Marisa Kendall, News-Press