Alexander Rudine has been called the "real life" version of "Breaking Bad's" Walter white, when he was arrested for being in possession of 16 grams of methamphetamine and $1,500 in his pocket, according to court records.
38-year-old Rudine is a former Portland State University Ph.D. chemistry student and community college chemistry teacher; Walter White is also a teacher on the show.
Rudine is being accused of possessing, manufacturing and delivering meth. In the TV show, Breaking Bad, Walter is a high-school chemistry teacher. He is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer but still needs to provide for his family, so he starts his meth business.
Rudine's meth lab was nearly 1,500 miles north in Portland in a beautiful suburban area. According to an affidavit filed in court, when police searched the house, they found 14 grams of meth, a scale and packing supplies.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Christopher Shull documented the police found handwritten scientific formulas on the bottom of a "how to re-crystallize methamphetamine" paper.
Wednesday, Rudine plead not guilty to all the charges. Police first got the tip from a suspected drug-runner. In the area that he was manufacturing the meth, there is an elementary school about 790 feet away, adding to his charges "manufacturing meth near a school", according to his booking record.
Rudine's neighbor, Don Garlick, told KPTV "He seemed like an ordinary guy," He went on to say, "I had a little trouble telling what he did for a living because his schedule wasn't very regular."
According to court records, Rudine is unemployed and lives off of his father's retirement income. Last year in his new teaching position at the community college he was said to be "a goofball" and his ranking on RateMyProfessors.com was a 4.1 out of 5. Someone else on the website commented, "He stayed energetic and excited about the material even after hours of lecture." And another, "He wants you to succeed and shows that he has passion for chemistry."
After working at the community college, Rudine also claimed he was working towards his doctorate degree in chemistry- looks like his plans will be on hold until this case comes to a close.