"Breaking Bad" case leads to trio of arrests
SAN CARLOS PARK, Fla. - Three men face charges in connection with a suspected operation in San Carlos Park that distributed synthetic marijuana known as "Spice."
The Lee County Sheriff's Office narcotics unit swarmed over a home in San Carlos Park on New Year's Eve in the 17000 block of Meadow Lake Circle.
Investigators found the renters of the home had transformed the garage into an elaborate manufacturing facility of “Spice”.
Inside the home, detectives discovered large rubber bins containing by-products of the substance, shelves full of containers with thousands of packages of finished product and hundreds of uncashed money orders totaling thousands of dollars.
Detectives discovered two additional addresses used for the operation in Fort Myers that served as as additional manufacturing and storage locations.
One of those arrested, Ryan Lee Carroll, was a contest winner for the hit TV series “Breaking Bad”; a show about a chemistry teacher turned drug dealer.
As a result of the investigation, over 700 pounds of 79,000 individually packaged packets of synthetic marijuana have been seized with an estimated street value of approximately $1.25 million. The investigation has put a large dent in the availability of “Spice” nationally.
The 28-year-old Carroll is charged with synthetic narcotic possession with intent to sell or manufacture, drug possession/controlled substance without prescription and dangerous drugs/keep shop of vehicle for drugs.
Also facing the same charges are 35-year-old James Lee Allen of Cape Coral.
The third suspect, 33-year-old Benjamin Scott Smith of Winter Haven is charged with synthetic narcotic possession with intent to sell or manufacture and drug possession/controlled substance without prescriptions.