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Former rugby star faces jail for role in Breaking Bad-style meth lab

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Some of the crystal meth was dyed blue in an apparent homage to Breaking Bad
Some of the crystal meth was dyed blue in an apparent homage to Breaking Bad

A former professional rugby player involved in a family-run, Breaking Bad-inspired London crystal meth gang is expected to be sentenced in December, the Metropolitan Police said.

Lorenzo Bocchini, 36, appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday having already pleaded guilty to six drug-related offences stemming from a raid by police on his Little Venice home in July.

The ex-Heineken Cup player's case was adjourned for sentencing on December 1.

It came after his brother Alessandro Bocchini, 45, and his wife Justine Bocchini, 33, pleaded guilty to a string of drug offences including possession with intent to supply crystal meth.

They were sentenced to six and four years behind bars respectively at Inner London Crown Court in late October, having been arrested in November 2015, police said.

During the July raid, officers unearthed a home "lab" and drugs with a street value of £200,000 including crystal meth - some of which was dyed blue in an apparent homage to a practice adopted by dealers in TV show Breaking Bad.

The trio claimed to run a high-end lighting company but Scotland Yard said CCTV footage from their home office captured hours before their arrests showed the group counting thousands of pounds of loose cash out of carrier bags.

Financial analysis also revealed £100,000 was funnelled through the couple's bank accounts in the six months before their detainment, police said.

Samson Mebrahtru, 42, a mini cab driver used by the dealers to courier crystal meth and other drugs, was given a suspended prison term for his role in the scheme at Inner London Crown Court in late October.

Lorenzo Bocchini played as a prop for Italian sides during his career, spanning from 2003 until 2010.