Posted at: 01/13/2014 10:45 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
We've seen the famous blue tinted crystallized drug on the hit TV series Breaking Bad. It's even marketed here in Albuquerque and online nationwide as candy.
Kevin Abar with Homeland Security Investigations says it's very real.
“We are we are seeing an increase in blue meth up in the Four Corners, and into the Farmington region. It's actually being moved and pushed by various distributors,” Abar said.
It's a way for them to actually advertise and brand their product.
While these meth dealers know a thing or two about marketing, in reality agents say their product isn't very good. Contrary to the show this drug is not the pure stuff.
That's because while it starts out 80-90 percent pure meth, once its shipped from Mexico second-hand dealers cut it with chemicals to make it blue.
“Its truly bad,” Abar said, “It's a bad meth that's created a lot of individuals getting sick from utilizing it.”
Abar says it's first-time users like teenagers who watch the show and wouldn't know the difference.
“We're concerned that individuals may find it sexy and want to try it and utilize the drug and it's very addictive,” he said.
So addictive that even trying meth can get people hooked.
Jose Plata knows first hand. He says it only took one time when he was 14 years old.
Ever since he's been in and out of jail on drug charges.
“I regret it and I hope people will get and understanding of how crazy this drug is. It ruins your life,” Plata said. “All it does is end you up in a place like this jail, institutions, death.”