Thursday, February 27, 2014

'Breaking Bad' fan arrested for running meth lab

Oh, the hilarity -- and people ask if TV influences the behavior of viewers. Really, this is all banter, but it's interesting to examine the arrest of one Daniel Kowalski, 21, as on Wednesday the Chicago Tribune reported that a meth lab bust at a home near LaGrange, Ill. showed that Kowalski was a fan of the TV show, "Breaking Bad."

Kowalski, who already on electronic monitoring for running a meth lab last summer, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of materials needed to produce methamphetamine. All those were felony counts, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

Last July, Kowalski was placed on electronic monitoring after sheriff’s police found a suspected methamphetamine lab at his home and arrested him. Not only that, was ordered to home confinement after his arrest, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari.

Kowalski was, apparently, making good use of his time.

The ironic aspect of the case is that, when arrested, Kowalski was wearing T-shirt bearing the words "Los Pollos Hermanos," which is the name of a restaurant founded by meth dealer Gustavo Fring in the TV series “Breaking Bad." It was fairly (fictionally) successful: Founded by Gustavo Fring and Max Arciniega, the restaurant chain had fourteen locations throughout the southwest and was Gustavo Fring's major business concern.

Ansari added of Kowalski: “He obviously knows something about the show."

Sheriff Tom Dart later sent out a tweet saying, "For those asking, Daniel Kowalski was actually wearing a @Los_Pollos_ABQ shirt at the time of arrest."

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