In a real-life Breaking Bad situation, Lori Arnold, the sibling of celebrity Tom Arnold, was making $800,000 a month manufacturing and selling crystal methamphetamine (she was moving so much product, it's likely that some of it wound up in the hands of meth-addicted celebrities). Lori was born in 1961, in the small town of Ottumwa, Iowa, one of seven siblings. Her home life wasn't great - her father had taken off with the next door neighbor, and her mother wound up marrying six different men.
Lori Arnold ended up dropping out of high school, only to end up in the drug trade. Her nickname was the "Queen of Meth," due to the large-scale drug manufacture and sale operation she controlled throughout the 1980s. After two stints in prison, she has turned her life around, and her brother now pokes fun at her throughout his stand-up comedy routines. While Lori Arnold might be mistaken for an average citizen, during her formative years she was America's first Queen of Meth.
She Did So Much Meth, She Wouldn't Sleep For Days
Lori Arnold not only sold meth, she was a heavy user as well. Clearly, she didn't care much for the old adage, "Never get high on your own supply." At one point, she recalled staying up for days or weeks at a time, doing more meth just to keep moving.
She admitted that this clouded her judgment, but she was as hooked on the money she was making as she was on the drug itself. But doing that much meth is obviously not good for one's cognition. Her drug abuse led to her second arrest, years after she was first released from jail for drug charges.
She Got Married For The First Time At 15
Lori Arnold first got married at the age of 15. She met her first husband, 23-year-old Bobby, when she was only 13. He was married at the time and had children. Arnold's mother found out the truth about their relationship when Bobby's divorce announcement wound up in the local paper. That didn't stop Arnold, however. She married Bobby shortly after she turned 15, and divorced him a year later.
She Was Married To The President Of The Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club
At age 19, Lori Arnold met Floyd Stockdall, then President of the local chapter of the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club. He was a Vietnam veteran prone to flashbacks. Shortly after they got married in 1980, Stockdall stepped down from his position with the club and got a job working as a contractor, mostly because she was pregnant with their son, Josh.
However, Stockdall still had at least one foot in the underworld; Arnold was introduced to crystal methamphetamine through one of his friends. She began her life of crime by sitting in a bar, helping their mutual friend out by selling drugs for him. Things snowballed from there.
She Turned Her Ranch Into The Only Meth Superlab In Existence Outside Of California
At first, Lori Arnold bought methamphetamine from local sources. When they couldn't supply her with enough to keep her legion clients happy, she had to turn to the only other mass production lab at the time, located in California. Eventually, she cut out the middle man and began making meth on her ranch in Iowa, turning it into the only meth manufacturing "superlab" outside of California at the time.
She buried a trailer underground, covered the top of it with tents, and had a chemist make it in 10 pound batches at a time. At the height of her operation, her chemist was cranking out 10 pounds of the drug every two days or so. Just a single pound of meth is worth anywhere between $7,000 and $14,500 in Iowa.