Feds: Blue meth seen in New Mexico

In this Aug. 9, 2013 photo, a bag of blue "meth" candy is shown as Albuquerque tourists officials get ready for an event celebrating the premiere of the final season of the AMC television series "Breaking Bad." The show was filmed in Albuquerque and has sparked interests in this Southwestern city from tourists. Local businesses also have sought to cash in on the show's popularity. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

January 16, 2014 5:13:24 AM PST
Reality in the illegal drug world is mimicking fiction.

Kevin Abar, assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New Mexico, says distributors are selling methamphetamine tinted blue in the Four Corners region.

That mirrors AMC's hit drama "Breaking Bad," which depicted an Albuquerque-based meth operation that cooked up the drug with a blue hue.

Abar says tinting meth blue is a way for distributors to advertise and brand their product.

But he says the blue meth being sold makes people sick. He says it has been cut with chemicals to make it blue and is not the "pure" product portrayed on "Breaking Bad."

Abar says agents also have stumbled upon red-colored meth.

"Breaking Bad" last year ended its popular run after five seasons.

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