Real-Life Walter White (Not ‘Breaking Bad’) Wanted for Meth

By Jennifer Abbey

Aug 17, 2012 2:38pm
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                             (Handout/Tuscaloosa County Sheriffs Office/AMC)

Walter White is wanted for cooking methamphetamine and he’s at the top of the most wanted list. The real Walter White, that is.

TV fans know Walter White as Bryan Cranston‘s character on the hit AMC series “Breaking Bad.” On the show, the high school chemistry teacher turns to cooking meth in order to provide for his family, and winds up producing the highest quality meth in New Mexico.

But there is a real Walter White out there in Alabama and he’s been placed on the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office most wanted list for violating his probation from a 2008 charge of making methamphetamine, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sherriff. “Breaking Bad” is not based on him.

White, 55, of Alabama, was on probation when he was arrested on similar charges in January. He is labeled as a “top priority” on the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office website. White’s last known address was in McCalla, Ala.

Investigators do not currently have any leads on White’s whereabouts, according to Sgt. Andy Norris .

“Anyone involved in illegal narcotics, we want to get those people off the street,” Norris told ABCNews.com. “Mainly the reason we put him on the most wanted list is for his probation violation, and we want to get him back in jail.”

The deputies on “Breaking Bad” could take a few notes from the ones in Tuscaloosa County. They have locked up more than 250 people on meth charges in the last year, according to Sgt. Norris.

“We’ve got some deputies that that’s their specialty of putting those offenders in jail,” Norris said.

Although he says catching drug dealers is “probably not as dramatic” as trying to catch the fictional Walter White on “Breaking Bad.”

“Breaking Bad” premiered on AMC in 2008. Cranston won the Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” three years in a row for his role as Walter White. He is also nominated for another Emmy this year.  The show is currently in its fifth and final season.

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