Police arrested John Gose after a search of his vehicle turned up glassware, rubber tubing and chemicals used to manufacture the illicit drug

By Chris Harris
May 03, 2017 05:20 PM
Credit: Las Cruces Police Department

A former science teacher in New Mexico admitted Tuesday to manufacturing crystal methamphetamine in a case authorities have likened to the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, PEOPLE confirms.

A statement obtained by PEOPLE that references the show confirms that John Gose, 56, a former science teacher once employed by school districts in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of trafficking methamphetamine by manufacturing and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The plea deal comes seven months after Gose’s initial arrest, which followed a traffic stop in Las Cruces.

During the stop in early October, police searched Gose’s vehicle and uncovered a white, Styrofoam ice chest containing glassware, rubber tubing and chemicals used to manufacture the illicit drug.

Later, detectives checked Gose’s home, and found additional chemicals and supplies associated with methamphetamine manufacturing.

A statement alleges investigators recovered enough ingredients to produce at least one pound of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $44,800.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad

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According to prosecutors, Gose most recently worked for the Las Cruces Public Schools, where he taught from August 2013 to February 2016.

Gose faces up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing, which has not been scheduled yet. PEOPLE was unable to reach his attorney for comment.

“That the defendant in this case chose to plead guilty to all of the charges is a testament to the strength of the investigation,” District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said in statement.

“Thanks to the hard work of the Las Cruces Police Department, the New Mexico State Police and the prosecutors in this office, we are able to close the books on this case of life imitating art while saving the taxpayers of New Mexico the cost of a jury trial,” the statement continued.

On Tuesday, after he entered his pleas, a judge ordered Gose to undergo a 60-day diagnostic evaluation with the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

Breaking Bad followed Walter White, an Albuquerque high school chemistry teacher played by Bryan Cranston. After being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, White begins making and selling methamphetamine, saving millions for his wife and son for after he’s dead.