Man accused in meth bust like 'real-life Heisenberg'

Breaking Bad in Memphis: Real life Walter White

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Investigators say a Memphis man is like a real-life "Heisenberg," the fictional meth kingpin on the popular AMC show "Breaking Bad."

The sentencing is still going on for an accused drug dealer who, prosecutors say, is involved with a whole lot more that could send him to prison for life.

"I'm kind of in shock and disbelief that they have that type of drug going on around here," said Joseph Rutherford, who lives in Downtown Memphis.

Samuel Rosse was busted in 2012 for trying to sell one pound of meth at Second Street and Gayoso Avenue, near Beale Street.

"That isn't a good look for business down on Beale," Rutherford added.

But, that was just the breaking point. Rosse was under investigation for about two months. Investigators linked him to a much larger drug ring, for which they believe he is the leader.

Investigators believe Rosse is connected to a bust where police found thousands of dollars worth of cars and guns at a Memphis warehouse. Prosecutors are now working to prove whether Rosse was playing a leadership role in a drug ring, as well as intimidating others.

During his hearing, a female witness said, not only was she scared of Rosse, but her dad was, too.

"My dad would carry a gun on him. He was in fear for his life," said the witness.

The hearing will continue into Monday.

Rosse could face 10 years in prison if convicted. But, if it is proven that he may have played a larger role in a drug ring, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

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