Ft. Myers man who won 'Breaking Bad' contest facing felony drug charges

CREATED Jan 1, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Fort Myers man who recently won a Breaking Bad contest is now facing drug charges of his own.

28-year-old Ryan Carroll is charged with possessing synthetic narcotics and controlled substances.

Carroll is a Florida Gulf Coast University grad who won an online contest last September that flew him and a friend to L.A. to watch the Breaking Bad finale with the cast.

The Emmy-winning show follows chemistry teacher Walter White, who starts cooking meth to support his family after he is diagnosed with lung cancer.

Tuesday, deputies surrounded Carroll's home on Meadow Lake Circle in San Carlos Park.

"We just saw lots of cop cars and lots of undercover cops throughout the neighborhood," neighbor Jim Mielke said.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office isn't saying much about the investigation, but neighbors say the street was packed with law enforcement the entire day.

"It was kind of scary," neighbor Peter Ryther said. "I came home at about 6 p.m. and there were still about 10 cop cars and they had this big bread truck and they were bringing boxes and boxes of something out."
 
Neighbors say Carroll rented the home and has only lived there for about six months. They say they rarely saw him and never noticed anything suspicious going on at the house.
 
"I have never had any problems with the neighborhood. It's a family neighborhood, a nice neighborhood, so this was a big surprise," Ryther said.
 
Wednesday, deputies were gone and the house looked quiet, but neighbors are still wondering what was going on inside the house.
 
"Never, never in my life. This is the Walter White next door, right?" Ryther said.
 
The Lee County Sheriff's Office says they aren't releasing any more details at this time. They do say this is a significant and complicated operation involving numerous resources and stress that the public is in no danger.

Carroll is being held in the Lee County Jail on a $12,500 bond.