Macphallen Kuwale, UK Teacher, Had ‘Breaking Bad’ Style Cocaine Operation Worth Millions

March 20, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Macphallen Kuwale, a teacher arrested in the U.K., had a cocaine lab worth more than $1 million, drawing comparisons to the popular AMC show “Breaking Bad.”

Kuwale, 49, worked at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen in Bridgend in Cardiff, Wales, according to the BBC. 

The General Teaching Council in Wales handed down a teaching ban on Thursday.

Drug squad detective Timothy Jones said at the the hearing that “Kuwale was heavily involved in the supply of cocaine. He was involved in street level dealing as well as a sophisticated wholesale operation.”

“It was totally unusual. It is not something that you come across every day,” he added.

Kuwale had a secret drug lab in his home worth £900,000, or nearly $1.5 million–including a pressing machine and cutting agents.

The teacher was given a three-and-a-half year sentence last year, but details emerged about the case on Thursday.

Kuwale also had dozens of pounds of medical painkillers, which would be cut with cocaine.

He had denied being a drug dealer, but officials described his operation as “in the higher echelons” of the narcotics trade, according to The Scotsman.

“Kuwale presents a significant and ongoing risk to the standards of the profession,” the General Teaching Council in Wales said in a statement. “His involvement in the illegal drugs trade is evidence of deep-seated attitudinal problems.”

It reads: “We cannot be satisfied that there is no risk of repetition. The proportionate sanction is an indefinite prohibition order. The wellbeing of pupils must be protected and the reputation of the profession maintained.”

In “Breaking Bad,” main character Walter White is a chemistry teacher who turns to making methamphetamine to support his family.