Terry David Bateman, 45, and Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, and two associate professors in chemistry at Henderson State University in Arkansas, Arkansas, were taken into custody Friday afternoon, according to a sheriff's release. They face charges of methamphetamine production and drug use.
The University Science Center was closed on October 8 after someone reported a chemical odor, said Tina Hall, associate vice president of university marketing and communications, in a statement.
The building reopened on Oct. 29 after the Environmental Protection Service completed a restoration work that included air filtration systems and temporarily removed some windows to assist ventilation, Hall said.
The House will not specify what was found after the report. of chemical odor, nor would she confirm whether the professors were suspected of making meth at the school.
Bateman, 45, and Rowland, 40, are on administrative leave, which began Oct. 1
CNN failed to contact Bateman and Rowland for comment Saturday.
Both are expected to appear in Clark County District Court after the formal prosecution decision was made by the prosecutor, the sheriff's office said. The investigation is ongoing.
Walter White was the lead character in AMC's "Breaking Bad", which aired from 2008 to 2013. The show told the story of White, a high school chemistry teacher presented by Brian Cranston, who went into the production of crystal meth to secure his family's financial future after being diagnosed with lung cancer.