Tokyo: A Japanese university professor, allegedly making his students to produce ecstasy just like the hit TV series “Breaking Bad”, could face up to 10 years in jail, officials said on Wednesday.
Authorities believe that the pharmacology professor from Matsuyama University, Japan got his students to make MDMA, commonly known as an ecstasy in 2013.
In addition, the 61-year-old professor reportedly manufactured “5F-QUPIC” also known as ‘designer drug’ last year.
According to officials, the ecstasy allegedly produced has not been found and has been probably discarded.
Japanese law states that a researcher needs license to manufacture narcotics for academic purposes issued by regional authorities.
If charged and found guilty, the professor could be sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years.
Acts as a hallucinogen and stimulant, the synthetic drug MDMA is the main component in party drug ecstasy, which gives consumer a heightened sense of energy, pleasure and empathy.
Also known as 5F-PB-22, 5F-QUPIC is a cannabis-like drug banned in 2014 in Japan after it was suspected of causing traffic accidents.
However, it is still not clear if there are any similarities between the case of this professor and that of the fictitious hero of “Breaking Bad” – Walter White.
Played by Bryan Cranston, White was an ex-chemistry teacher, who was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, and starts to manufacture crystal methamphetamine to pay for his treatment, sometimes with his former pupil’s help.