He was “Breaking Bad” in a Hyundai Sonata.
Cops cuffed a 33-year-old man they say was caught tooling around Manhattan with 25 kilos of crystal meth in his trunk, authorities said Thursday.
Mario Hernandez is now facing multiple narcotics trafficking charges for the speed found stowed in boxes in the trunk of his silver economical midsize sedan following a car stop outside the Holland Tunnel.
It was not immediately clear if he was planning to transport the drugs — with a street value of $1.6 million — across the river to New Jersey.
NYPD detectives pulled over Hernandez at the corner of King St. and Hudson St. at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.
The light-blue crystals showcased in the hit AMC television series “Breaking Bad” were found stowed in boxes used to transport stone tile, a source with knowledge of the seizure said.
The takedown was so large cops had to use a dolly to cart the drugs away, the source said.
Hernandez was held on $500,000 bond for criminal possession of controlled substance at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday.
Hernandez, wearing jeans and a blue windbreaker, did not speak during the hearing.
The car was a rental and he was unaware of the stash in the truck, his lawyer insisted.
“He’s a professional painter,” a woman who identified herself as hernandez’s girlfriend told the Daily News. “He works hard for a living. Hes a really good man.”
City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said city drug enforcement agencies are concerned about a rise of meth use in the city.
“It is something that we continue to keep an eye on,” she told The News in an exclusive interview last week. “The point of origin for the big methamphetamine that we’ve had is Mexico and if the Mexicans are pushing
out meth the same way they are pushing out heroin and its finding its way to New York, then we’re going to have a problem.”
Heroin use in the city has tripled over the last few years, officials said.
More people in the city die from heroin overdoses than murder, city stats show.