Breaking Bad brings tourists, money to Albuquerque

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 9:04 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fast-food burrito chain in Albuquerque is drawing tourists from around the world who want to see where a fictional drug trafficker runs his organization.

A pastry shop sells doughnuts topped with blue candy designed to resemble crystal meth. A beauty store has a similar product — crystal blue bathing salts.

As "Breaking Bad" finishes filming its fifth and final season in Albuquerque, the popularity of the show is providing a boost to the city's economy.

It's also creating a dilemma for local tourism officials as they walk the fine line of profiting from a show that centers around drug trafficking, addiction and violence.

Albuquerque has seen an unexpected jump in tourists visiting popular sites from the show and local businesses cashing in on its popularity.

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