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Acting on a tip, police say they busted a meth lab at a home near LaGrange and arrested a man already on electronic monitoring for running a lab last summer.

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Daniel Kowalski, 21, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of materials needed to produce methamphetamine, all felonies, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s officers went to Kowalski’s coach house in the 1000 block of 61st Street in unincorporated Cook County near LaGrange around 6:45 p.m. Monday after they received information that Kowalski may be trying to make methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said.
Inside the home, officers found glass beakers, burners, chemicals, instructional materials for making controlled substances and 12 jars of psychedelic mushrooms, the office said.
In July, Kowalski was placed on electronic monitoring after sheriff’s police found a suspected methamphetamine lab at his home and arrested him, according to the sheriff’s office.
On Monday, two other men were found inside the home and were later released without charges, the office said.
The Illinois State Police clandestine lab removal team took away the chemicals and lab equipment. Kowalski is scheduled to appear today for a bond hearing at the Bridgeview Courthouse, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kowalski was ordered to home confinement after his arrest last July, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari.

In the mug shot after his most recent arrest, Kowalski is wearing a T-shirt bearing the words “Los Pollos Hermanos,” the name of a restaurant used as a front by a meth dealer in the TV series “Breaking Bad.’’

Sheriff Tom Dart later sent out a tweet saying, “For those asking, Daniel Kowalski was actually wearing a @Los_Pollos_ABQ shirt at the time of arrest.”

Ansari added of Kowalski: “He obviously knows something about the show.’’

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Man Busted For Meth Lab While Wearing ‘Los Pollos Hermanos’ T-Shirt From ‘Breaking Bad’

Proving that making smart choices just isn’t his forte, a suburban Chicago man was busted for running a meth lab — again — and happened to be wearing a “Breaking Bad”-inspired t-shirt at the time of his arrest.

daniel kowalskiDaniel Kowalski, 21, was arrested in his LaGrange Highlands, Ill. home on Monday evening after law enforcement received a tip he may be cooking meth, according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside the home, officers found found meth-making supplies like glass beakers, burners, chemicals and instructions for cooking the drug, as well as 12 jars of psychedelic mushrooms — and Kowalski wearing a “Los Pollos Hermanos” t-shirt in reference to the fictional fried chicken restaurant-cum-meth lab front on the popular AMC series “Breaking Bad.”

Kowalski, who is on electronic monitoring after being previously arrested in 2013 on suspicion of running a meth lab, may have also aroused suspicion more easily due to the fact that meth labs are “extremely rare in this part of the state,” according to Cook County Sheriff’s Spokesman Ben Breit.

“Cook County has had less than 10 meth lab busts since 2006. Some of the downstate counties have thousands per year,”  Breit said.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said the lab was not active at the time of the bust.

methKowalski, meanwhile, faces two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of methamphetamine precursors, all felonies. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and was due in court Wednesday morning.

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