NSW Police admit suburban drug labs resemble TV series, Breaking Bad.
The show which revolves around a chemistry teacher turned drug-lord ended its fifth and final season just a week after it won an Emmy Award for best drama.
The finale was watched by over 500,000 viewers (mostly downloaded) within just six hours of the episode’s release on cable network channel Showcase. But illegal downloads are not the only issue surrounding the hit television show, with NSW police cracking down on ‘backyard meth labs’.
Detective Superintendant Nick Bingham described the recent explosions in Sydney as bearing alarming similarities to the internationally acclaimed show.
“It certainly does look like an episode out of Breaking Bad with the explosions we’ve had at Barden Ridge, and [the] other one overnight,” he said.
The drug squad has announced a crack down on suburban drug labs after two explosions in the past 24 hours that have left three men injured.
Two men, aged 37 and 40, suffered burns in the first blast at Barden Ridge in Sydney’s south on Sunday night. Both have been listed as critical after emergency surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital. The third man was burnt in a separate explosion in Bankstown, Monday afternoon in another suspected drug lab incident.
Almost all of the 86 suburban drug labs raided in Sydney this year have been in residential areas.
Bingham describes the concealed drug labs as “hiding in plain site”. — Gavin Taylor
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