Story by the Associated Press; curated by Jason Howerton

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Reality in the illegal drug world is mimicking fiction.

Kevin Abar, assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New Mexico, says distributors are selling methamphetamine tinted blue in the Four Corners region.

Blue Meth Reported in New Mexico, Mimicking Hit Show Breaking Bad

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That mirrors AMC’s hit drama “Breaking Bad,” which depicted an Albuquerque-based meth operation that cooked up the drug with a blue hue.

Abar says tinting meth blue is a way for distributors to advertise and brand their product.

But he says the blue meth being sold makes people sick. He says it has been cut with chemicals to make it blue and is not the “pure” product portrayed on “Breaking Bad.”

Abar says agents also have stumbled upon red-colored meth.

“Breaking Bad” last year ended its popular run after five seasons.