A man known as ‘the Professor’ in the criminal world set up a secret lab in Grantham where he planned to make drugs worth £4 million every two days, in what was dubbed a Breaking Bad-style operation.
Ryszard Jakubczyk, 61, from Poland, set up a secret lab in a mirror of the American TV show’s plot, in which chemistry teacher Walter White turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine.
Jakubczyk and his criminal associates planned to make up to 40 kilos of high-purity amphetamine every 48 hours. But the operation was stopped before it could get off the ground.
National Crime Agency officers put the gang under surveillance and swooped after they produced a test batch in the lab, which was in a garden building concealed by trees in Grantham. Meanwhile, the crooks used an underground bunker to store dangerous chemicals.
Dave Archer, from the NCA, said: “The plot was like a real-life version of Breaking Bad. This chemistry lecturer was going to use his skills to produce amphetamine on an industrial scale. We were able to shut down the crime group’s operation and deny them access to huge profits.”
Jakubczyk, who trained in narcotics and became a university lecturer in Warsaw, was jailed for nine years at Leeds Crown Court after being found guilty of conspiracies to produce and supply amphetamine.
Piotr Turek, 35, from Kilkenny, Ireland, was in charge of distribution in the UK, Ireland and Poland. He was also found guilty and received an eight-year prison sentence. The court heard how officers found amphetamine hidden in his car’s air filter.
Two other crime group members from Grantham – Ernest Skorupa, 36, of Cornwall Close, and Ewa Lyzwa-Cias, 60, of Queensway – were sentenced to seven and five years respectively.