SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Looks like the Breaking Bad phenomenon has made its way to reality.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is reporting at least 3,000 drug labs are popping up around the United States. But instead of cooking methamphetamine in the desert in an RV, agents believe people are making synthetic drugs in their homes.
It's no secret, the opioid epidemic in the country is at an all-time high, and more people have turned to drug dealers to get the high they want. The problem with that (besides the obvious)? Instead of making opioids with oxycodone, some drug makers are using the fentanyl, an ingredient that has been linked to the surge in overdose deaths over the past two years.
DEA agents believe the ingredients are coming from Mexico, Germany, Japan, and China.
Back in June, agents arrested Candelaria Vasquez and Kia Zolfaghari in San Francisco, California. According to the arrest affidavit, the couple made fake oxycodone tablets with fentanyl. Agents also found a Walter White action figure next to their pill pressing machine.
They now face at least twenty charges but have pleaded not guilty to all of them.
Here's hoping cops can crack down on this real life Breaking Bad situation.