A chemistry professor hailed from China was recently sentenced to life imprisonment for playing a crucial role in a multi-million drug making scheme.
It the real life Breaking Bad yo!
The convicted chemist, surnamed Zhang, and his partner in crime, surnamed Yang, was found to make more than 4 million yuan (RM2.5 mil) each year for almost a decade. That absurd amount of money was made as a result of manufacturing the narcotics and selling them through the internet to customers in multiple countries.
Due to the similarities between Zhang and the Breaking Bad protagonist Walter White, he has been dubbed as China’s Walter White by mainland media.
They are both chemistry professors that turned into manufacturing drugs such as methamphetamine.
Zhang initially learnt of the popularity of psychoactive drugs while teaching in Australia as a visiting academician. He started his own company in 2005 that appear to be making medical coating and solvents on the front, but were in fact manufacturing hundreds of kilograms of methylone behind the scene.
The manufactured drugs were sent overseas to buyers using a pseudonyms, and it was reported that buyers could pay for the drugs with bitcoins. Zhang’s team was first noticed when authorities found a suspicious parcels on November 2014, the team was subsequently arrested in June the following year.
Synthetic drugs can be made from common industrial chemicals, as a result China has seen a surge in the use of the drugs.
Who knew there’s been a Chinese Heisenberg under our noses all along!