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Illinois Man Arrested for Home Meth Lab While Wearing 'Breaking Bad' Los Pollos T-Shirt

Feb 26, 2014 05:28 PM EST

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AMC's "Breaking Bad" gained an enormous cult following during its successful 5-season run. (Photo : AMC)

An Illinois man who was arrested for operating a methamphetamine lab in his suburban Chicago home was photographed wearing a t-shirt from the television show "Breaking Bad."

21-year-old Daniel Kowalski of La Grange Highlands was arrested on Monday, after police received reports of potential illegal activity happening in the coach home located in the 1000 block of 61st Street, NBC's local station in Chicago reported this week.

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Law enforcement officials visited Kowalski's house at about 6:45 p.m. on Monday, the Cook County Sheriff's office wrote in a statement obtained by NBC 5.

Inside, police discovered a slew of substance-cooking devices and materials, including glass beakers, chemicals, burners and printed directions on how to make drugs. According to the statement, the lab was not live and operating.

Officials also found twelve jars of hallucinogenic mushrooms in the home.

In Kowalski's mug shot, the 21-year-old is seen wearing a "Los Pollos" t-shirt from the critically acclaimed AMC drama.

"Breaking Bad," meth kingpin Gus Fring owns Los Pollos in the show - a fried chicken franchise front for his actual business of dealing drugs.

This isn't the first time police found a meth lab in Kowalski's home this year -the Illinois resident was previously charged with possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, possession of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine precursors. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, NBC reported.

Meth cookers have recently been taking leaves out of Walter White's book - earlier this year, Albuquerque, N.M. authorities from the Department of Homeland Security reported that some drug dealers were producing and selling blue methamphetamine - just like the characters in the AMC drama did to brand the specific product as theirs.

"We are seeing an increase in blue meth up in the Four Corners, and into the Farmington region," spokesperson Kevin Abar told KOB 4 at the time. "It's actually being moved and pushed by various distributors." 

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