Two Chemistry Professors Break Bad, Busted For Cooking Meth in Campus Lab

Two Henderson State University professors have been charged with making methamphetamine in a campus laboratory.

Little Rock, AR – In a crime many are likening to the hit television series “Breaking Bad,” two Henderson State University chemistry professors were arrested for making methamphetamine in a lab on campus.

The investigation into two associate professors of chemistry, 45-year-old Terry Bateman and 40-year-old Bradley Rowland, began on Oct. 8 after an “undetermined chemical odor” was reported in the Reynolds Science Center on campus, according to KATV.

Tests revealed that there was an “elevated presence of benzyl chloride,” a chemical used to help make methamphetamine, present in a laboratory in the science building.

Walter White, the main character in the television series “Breaking Bad” was a high school chemistry teacher who started manufacturing meth to earn extra money, although he didn’t actually make the drugs on campus.

Henderson State University Spokeswoman Tina Hall said that both Bateman and Rowland were placed on administrative leave by the university on Oct. 11, The Washington Post reported.

Henderson State University’s environmental service company used scrubber systems to filter air and remove some of the windows from the building to aid in the ventilation, according to KATV.

The building was reopened Oct. 29 after third-party testing deemed that it was safe and met requirements for occupancy, The Washington Post reported.

“The safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority, and we continue to cooperate with authorities,” Hall said.

Bateman, the director of undergraduate research at Henderson State University, had been teaching at the school for 10 years, The Washington Post reported.

Rowland joined the university in 2014.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said that Bateman and Rowland were both arrested on Friday afternoon and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia, according to KATV.

The charge of manufacturing methamphetamine is a felony that carries a sentence of up to 40 years in prison, The Washington Post reported.

The drug paraphernalia charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Although the investigation initially started with the university’s police department, the matter has been turned over to the Clark County Prosecutor, The Washington Post reported.

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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Too funny! That was my favorite show and it has won more awards than any other. I just imagine those 2 professors sitting together watching the show when one turns to the other and says "Hey are you thinking what I'm thinking?"

Propolice
Propolice

Administrative leave???? So they think it might just be okay for some reason?

bryantrent
bryantrent

O boy

Raymelson
Raymelson

For the love of money is the root of all evil

Njaz
Njaz

Even the fumes are dangerous ! Everyone at the school was exposed to a potential health hazard. This is an offense that should go further than drug paraphanllia. These guys should be jailed for a long time ! Sickening.

JBoH
JBoH

Everybody needs a hobby... /sarc

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

These guys should be made an example of as in what has happened else where in the country. Restitution in the amount of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the clean up of the contamination of the meth and it's exposure to other individuals. Just research it, if you don't believe the cost and restitution penalty that was imposed. These guys would be paying the rest of thier lives or they would be spending the rest of thier lives in jail. Basically, a couple of shitheads!

Mike bass
Mike bass

Dumba$$es didn't even have a Jesse Pinkman to help them

Tm909098
Tm909098

That's awesome! I wonderful if they were able to cook some blue meth or if they were only able to produce some of that peanut butter shake n' bake quality garbage.

Musicray
Musicray

Leave them alone! They’re just practicing chemistry..

Racechaser6
Racechaser6

This is what we are hiring to teach our children? Liberals using school property for illegal drug manufacturing.

Lawandordergal
Lawandordergal

Thank goodness I didn’t blow up the school. Just goes to show you being an idiot doesn’t necessarily have an age limit.

angedavis1
angedavis1

Really? They didn't think the smell would give them away? This is what happens when you cook AND use...the brain doesn't work too well.