Son of prolific drug dealer has penned a book on his amazing story

Shocked son reveals how his mild-mannered businessman father was a real-life Walter White dealing meth from their east London apartment – until a police raid uncovered his £1.5MILLION stash

  • James Lubbock, 41, has written a book about his crystal-meth dealing father
  • Richard Lubbock, 72, dealt drugs from his apartment in East London until 2009
  • A police raid found a haul worth £1.5million and he was jailed for eight years 

A son has written about the ‘surreal nightmare’ of finding out his 72-year-old father was a prolific crystal meth dealer.

James Lubbock, 41, has written a book about his real-life Breaking Bad story of how his father dealt drugs from two penthouse apartments in Limehouse, east London.

A police raid found Britain’s biggest haul of crystal meth with a street value of £1.5million in the properties owned by 72-year-old Richard.

James Lubbock, 41, has written a book about his real-life Breaking Bad story of how his father dealt drugs from two penthouse apartments in Limehouse, East London

James told The Mirror: ‘I still can’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it when it was happening, I just had to try to get through it.

‘And now looking back on it, it feels like a surreal nightmare.’

James even shared a meth pipe with his father while he was in a drug fuelled haze.

His father Richard says: ‘The worst part is when I gave him drugs.

‘There is nothing worse you can do as a father. But I couldn’t see there was anything wrong with it. It just makes my whole stomach turn over.’ 

Titled, Breaking Dad, the book will tell the story of Richard’s split from his wife Marilyn in 2003 – when they revealed they had been living a lie and were both gay

James added:  ‘It was quality father and son time. I don’t regret that as I didn’t know how long I had left with him.’

Titled, Breaking Dad, the book will tell the story of Richard’s split from his wife Marilyn in 2003 – when they revealed they had been living a lie and were both gay.

Throwing himself in to the gay scene to meet men, Richard soon found himself taking drugs to help his confidence.

James says: ‘The first thing I noticed was that he started smoking. He had always hated cigarettes.’

Not unlike Walter White (Bryan Cranston), in the TV drama Breaking Bad, Richard began a drug empire.

Throwing himself in to the gay scene to meet men Richard soon found himself taking drugs to help his confidence

He said: ‘He says: ‘The whole thing went crazy. Friday and Saturday nights I was like a prisoner in my flat as I was so busy. It was ­ridiculous, I never expected this to happen.’

When police raided Richard’s flat in 2009 he admitted dealing and was jailed for eight years. 

He missed his son’s wedding day and the birth of ­granddaughter Mia.

But James insists the arrest is the best thing that happened to his dad.

He added: ‘Getting caught saved his life. After a few weeks when he called me from prison, he sounded like his normal self again.’ 

Breaking Dad by James Lubbock published by Mirror Books is out on 25 April. 

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