The beginning of the story My name is Walter White and I am meth cook. and for 10 years, I had the best meth in Alabama. And if you wanted the best meth, you had to come this way, you have to come to me. 10 years before the Breaking Bad premiered in 2008, Walter White of Bessemer, Alabama, was already building a meth empire and the drug was becoming an epidemic nation wide. The primary ingredient that is used to make methamphetamine is pseudoephedrine. But in 2004, federal restrictions caused incidents of meth to decrease significantly. A new law regulating pseudoephedrine products will go into effect on July 1st. The law will require users to visit a physician and obtain a prescription for drugs containing pseudoephedrine. From 2007 to 2011, meth incidents rose again, doubling nationwide due to a surge in new methods like shake and bake, especially in small towns like Bessemer, Alabama, where, when industry declined, drug use skyrocketed. Now, I’ve seen em where they would set up in hotel rooms and they would have these little portable labs in their vehicles, and they have become more mobile from what I’ve seen. Two meth busts in Tuscaloosa County have resulted in five arrests. Sheriff Ted Sexton says meth labs are a growing problem in Tuscaloosa County because they are easy to hide. We are in Besemer, Alabama. Its a bit of a ghost town here. You have broken down train stations, you have foreclosed houses, and this is actually where the Walter White Lives.