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Real life 'Breaking Bad'? Ex-NM science teacher pleads guilty to making meth

A former science teacher has pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine in New Mexico, the Doña Ana County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. 

John Gose, 56, pleaded guilty Monday to four meth-related charges in a Las Cruces courtroom.

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The real-life case draws parallels to the television show "Breaking Bad," about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher in New Mexico who starts making meth.

Las Cruces police arrested Gose in October 2016 after a traffic stop. Paraphernalia, including chemicals, glassware and rubber tubing were reportedly discovered by officers.

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Police later searched his property and found ingredients to "yield at least one pound of methamphetamines, which has an estimated street value of $44,800," the district attorney's office said in a news release. 

Gose was charged with two counts of trafficking by manufacturing, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

"That the defendant in this case chose to plead guilty to all of the charges is a testament to the strength of the investigation,” Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio said in a statement.

Gose taught eighth-grade science at Camino Real Middle School from August 2013 through February 2016, according to prosecutors. 

Gose was ordered by a judge to undergo a 60-day diagnostic evaluation before sentencing. 

The former teacher faces up to 20 years and six months in prison, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News

The Associated Press contributed to this report.