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'Breaking Bad'-Inspired Meth Candy Sparks Controversy

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Sure, meth candy might usually mean meth dipped in chocolate to smuggle over international borders, but actually, one store's meth candy is just sugar. Druggies beware.

The AP reports that New Mexico candy store The Candy Lady is selling bags of crushed-up, light blue rock candy, inspired by the so-good-we-can't-believe-it's-ending show Breaking Bad. The candy, dubbed "Meth Candy" by the press, looks so much like methamphetamine that it's been used as props for the show.

"It isn't, 'Oh it's crystal meth, you're bad,' it's, 'Oh you're selling Breaking Bad candy,'" owner Debbie Hall told KOB-TV. Hall has sold some 300 bags in the past month, ever since actor Bryan Cranston pulled out a bag on David Letterman's show.

But of course, Albuquerque police aren't too happy about the candy's popularity, especially since meth is reportedly the most destructive and hazardous drug in the area. "Meth is a terrible thing, not something that's a joke," Albuquerque Meth Unit detective Brian Sallee said, saying kids could think actual meth was just candy, leading to deadly consequences.

Furthermore, the gimmicky sweet could send the wrong message about meth to kids, although fans are getting a kick out of it. "The response has been great,” Hall said. “They are all fans of Breaking Bad… and fans of Albuquerque.”

Naturally, other Albuquerque shops are slinging Breaking Bad deals, with one donut shop selling a "Blue Sky Breaking Bad" vanilla donut with blue rock-sugar sprinkles.

ABQ Trolley Co. has also reporteldy sold out tickets for "The BaD Tour," bringing tourists through all Breaking Bad locations on the show. And as for the fate of the candy and Candy Lady Hall? "I haven't been to jail for that yet, and I won't ever be," Hall said.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


  • Lorenzo Bocchini, former Italian rugby prop, has been jailed for six years
  • The rugby star was caught with batches of narcotics totaling £161,000 last year
  • He said he was holding them for his brother, Alessandro, and his wife, Justine
  • Officers discovered the trio dyed crystal meth blue in the style of Walter White
  • They then used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London

Published: 19:58 BST, 6 January 2017 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 7 January 2017

Lorenzo Bocchini has been jailed for six years after Judge James Curtis concluded he was part of his family's drugs ring

An Italian rugby star who family's Breaking Bad-inspired 'chemsex' ring which used an Uber driver to deliver drugs has been jailed for six years.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who received a medal of honour in 2009 after saving people from an earthquake, was caught with batches of narcotics worth £161,000 and £33,000 in cash when police stormed an Airbnb-rented flat in London’s Little Venice on July 7 last year.

The 36-year-old claimed he was holding the drugs for his brother Alessandro, 43, and his sister-n-law, Justine, 36, who supplied crystal meth to the chemsex scene in south London.

The pair were arrested in October 2016 after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home.

Officers discovered that they had dyed the crystal meth blue - just as fictional drug baron Walter White did in the cult TV show Breaking Bad.

Police say the Bocchini family accrued millions of pounds running a drugs enterprise that used an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London.

Lorenzo, a former prop who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, claims he was merely a ‘custodian’ of the drugs - but Southwark Crown Court heard he was closer to the supply chain.

Prosecutor Grant Vanstone said: ‘The crown will say that because of the amount of cash recovered, the value and extent of the drugs found in the [Little Venice] premises, that Mr Bocchini clearly must have been close to the source of supply.

‘Given the values involved, that amount of drugs isn’t left with somebody unless they are a trusted individual.’

Mr Vanstone said the drugs involved are used in drug-fuelled orgies, adding: ‘What we say is that the amounts and types are the types of drugs that are used in particular parties.

‘They are sex parties that use a range of various drugs in order to facilitate and improve sexual behaviour.’

Bocchini has admitted one count of possessing 813g of meth and seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs including including 1,354 MDMA tablets and 34.9g of cocaine.

Alessandro and Justine Bocchini were earlier jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences.

An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Detective inspector Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: ‘It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.


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