Professor faces bad break for realCentral Station | 18 Apr 2019
A 61-year-old Japanese pharmacology professor could face 10 years in prison for getting students to produce ecstasy - an echo of TV hit series Breaking Bad.
The Matsuyama University don in western Japan had students make MDMA - ecstasy - in 2013 and another so-called "designer drug" - 5F-QUPIC - last year.
He told police he was furthering the education of students. The products have not been found,
Synthetic MDMA acts as a stimulant and hallucinogen and is the main ingredient in ecstasy.
As for 5F-QUPIC, it is a cannabis-like drug banned in Japan in 2014 as it was suspected of causing traffic accidents.
In Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston plays a former chemistry teacher with lung cancer who makes crystal meth to pay for his treatment - helped by a former student, played by Aaron Paul.