A student at the University of Central Florida had his very own “Breaking Bad” operation thwarted last week, stemming from information gathered by local police during what was originally thought to be a routine traffic stop. As it turned out, it was anything but, as a passenger not wearing a seatbelt inadvertently led to the bust of Max Waters, a 21-year-old enrollee at UCF’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, who, from what I can infer, seems like he was the kingpin of a decently sized drug distribution ring.
From the Orlando Sentinel:
According to an arrest affidavit, a traffic stop led authorities to Waters, 21. Detectives pulled over a Mercedes Benz about 4 p.m. Oct. 8 on Curry Ford Road, because a front seat passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt, the affidavit says.
Asked if there was anything illegal in the car, authorities say the driver replied he had Ecstasy in the glove box — 100 pills.
The driver told detectives he had just purchased the pills from Waters, and was on his way to a shopping plaza to sell them to a third party for $800, the affidavit says.
Instead, deputies took the pills and sent the driver back to Waters’ house on Westfall Drive with cash to get more. The driver emerged with 50 more pills, the affidavit says.
What shitty luck if you’re Waters.
Now, I’m not defending the guy at all for what he was up to, but if you’re going to go down for an enormous drug bust, you have to have a better story than, “Yeah, the guy I sold to wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. When he was pulled over and asked if there was anything illegal in the car–because that’s a standard fucking question for a police officer to ask–he could’ve just said, ‘no, sir,’ and moved on with his life. But instead, he decided he was going to be a pussy and readily admitted to having the hundred pills I just sold him in his possession without any probing, and then realized it was in his best interest to narc me out.”
Officers moved in about 11:30 p.m. that night, ordering Waters and his roommates out of the house.
Detectives searched Waters’ bedroom. According to the affidavit, they found a jar of marijuana, a bag with psychedelic mushrooms and a safe in his closet holding more than 400 grams of Ecstasy, as well as cannabis wax and LSD.
Investigators said they also found evidence Waters was making and selling the drug, including a grinder, a capsule-making machine, a scale, gloves, baggies and $40,330 in cash, the affidavit says.
Also discovered in the search: paperwork from Waters’ studies at UCF’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences — and a handwritten formula for making MDMA, the amphetamine popularly known as Ecstasy.
What a shitload of drugs and money. Jesus.
That’s straight Walter White status, excluding the meth from the amphetamines, of course. Just rolling around with every kind of drug under the sun, and enough cash on hand to do anything you need to on a whim, except, you know, not get busted by the cops.
Honestly, this is one of the biggest college drug busts in the history of history, and it makes the laundry list of substances found in the Kappa Sigma house at Tulane a few years back look absolutely laughable in comparison.
Clearly, Waters is some kind of genius, because the chemistry involved in synthesizing MDMA isn’t easy stuff to comprehend, nor is setting up a distribution chain capable of unloading a couple hundred pills at a minute’s notice. I think it’s apparently clear that Waters chose the biomed track with absolutely no intentions of pursuing a career in biology or medicine. And even if he did, that doesn’t seem like it’ll pan out, well, ever.
Waters was jailed on charges of trafficking in 400 grams of Ecstasy and possession of LSD, psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana, the affidavit says. Though his bail was set at more than $250,000, he has since bonded out.
The law office representing Waters declined to comment on his case Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for UCF confirmed that Waters had attended the university since the summer of 2011 and was a biomedical sciences major. He was enrolled in classes for this fall, but withdrew Saturday, two days after his arrest.
Bailed out for $250,000? Yeah, this kid was definitely a kingpin. It’s a shame he won’t even get to complete his degree, because it seems like he was really, really knowledgeable in the field.
On the plus side, though, what are the odds this bust just eviscerated the EDM scene in Florida?.
[via The Orlando Sentinel]
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