Two chemistry profs, one a ‘Breaking Bad’ fan, arrested for allegedly making meth

Henderson State University professors Terry David Bateman (left) and Bradley Allen Rowland (right). Both Bateman and Rowland have been arrested over allegations of manufacturing methamphetamine. Clark County Sheriff's Office

Two chemistry professors in Arkansas have been arrested under accusations of creating methamphetamine, according to a statement from the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.

Terry David Bateman, 45, and Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, were arrested Friday on allegations of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.

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Henderson State University’s website lists both Bateman and Rowland as associate professors at the school. Bateman is also listed as the chemistry program’s director of undergraduate research, with some of his research interests including that of “synthetic methodology” and ” environmental chemistry”.

In a statement to Global News, the university’s vice-president of communications, Tina Hall, said that both professors are currently on administrative leave effective Oct. 11.

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Hall’s statement also mentioned that the university’s Reynolds Science Centre closed Oct. 8 after the report of an “undetermined chemical odour.”

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Initial testing of the centre revealed the presence of benzyl chloride in a laboratory, according to Hall.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration lists Benzyl Chloride as a list II substance that can be used in making amphetamine-class drugs.

Both the authorities and the university have not indicated whether the allegations and the centre’s shutdown over the chemical odour are related.

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In an interview with the university’s campus news source, Oracle Online, Rowland mentions that he was “particularly” a fan of Breaking Bad. The Oracle’s headline titled Rowland’s interview as “Henderson’s Heisenberg”.
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Heisenberg was the nom de guerre taken by Walter White, the central character of TV drama Breaking Bad. The show portrayed Bryan Cranston as White, a high school chemistry teacher who turned to making crystal meth with a former student of his in order to pay off his medical bills.
Both Rowland and Bateman are scheduled to appear in Clark County District Court once a formal charging decision is made by the county’s prosecutor, according to the sheriff’s department.

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