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.
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.
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.