Blue meth being sold in New Mexico; mirrors hit TV show Breaking Bad
A bag of blue "meth" candy is shown as Albuquerque tourists officials get ready for an event celebrating the premiere of the final season of the AMC television series "Breaking Bad" in this Aug. 9, 2013 file photo. (AP / Russell Contreras)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:45AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:06AM EST
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Reality in the illegal drug world is mimicking fiction.
Kevin Abar, assistant special agent in charge of Home Security Investigations in New Mexico, says distributors are selling methamphetamine tinted blue in the Four Corners region.
That mirrors AMC's hit drama "Breaking Bad," which depicted an Albuquerque-based meth operation that cooked up the drug with a blue hue.
Abar says tinting meth blue is a way for distributors to advertise and brand their product.
But he says the blue meth being sold makes people sick. He says it has been cut with chemicals to make it blue and is not the "pure" product portrayed on "Breaking Bad."
Abar says agents also have stumbled upon red-colored meth.
"Breaking Bad" last year ended its popular run after five seasons.