US police see 'increase in blue meth' after Breaking Bad

A sample of the blue-tinted crystal meth seized by police in New Mexico. Credit: Police / KOB

Drug dealers in America have been dyeing their crystal methamphetamine blue in an attempt to cash in on the success of hit TV show Breaking Bad, according to police in New Mexico.

Kevin Abar, in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New Mexico, told the KOB TV station in Albuquerque: “We are seeing an increase in blue meth up in the Four Corners, and into the Farmington region.”

Over 10 million Americans watched the finale of the drama show in which a chemistry teacher creates an extremely popular blue-tinted version of the drug in order to fund his cancer treatment.

But Abar has said the chemicals used to dye the real-world meth are potentially unsafe and likely to make the drugs more dangerous.