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Drug Enforcement Administration


Special Agent Steven "Gomie" Gomez
"Wanna know how to say ‘get bent’ in Spanish?"

Portrayed By: Steven Michael Quezada

Hank's closest friend in the DEA. Hank makes fun of Gomez for being Latino, Gomez makes fun of Hank for being white, but they get along fine. A good cop in his own right but less competent than Hank.

  • Badass Beard: Grows one in season 4.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Or at least, generally more insistent on following proper police procedure than Hank is.
  • The Confidant: Hank trusts him more than anyone, with the exception of Marie.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: To memetic levels
  • Cultural Posturing: A large part of his friendship with Hank. He gives as good as he gets.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When your partner is Hank, you kind of have to be.
    Hank: "Alright, some of you already know my brother-in-law. He's a good man. The doctors are saying this operation has a real chance of helping him. Of course they're also saying they want to be paid in private islands, so dig deep. Biggest donation gets a six-pack of my very own Schraderbrau. Home brewed to silky perfection."
    Gomie: "Smallest donation gets two six-packs."
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Taking on Jack's gang with a shotgun despite being clearly outmatched by their automatic weapons.
  • Foil: Many of the tropes mentioned here add up to "Hank's foil". Gomez is this to the extent that just about every suggestion he ever makes to Hank turns out to be wrong. Lampshaded when, while questioning Mike Ehrmantraut, Hank makes up a completely ridiculous theory about Mike's granddaughter being the muscle of Gus Fring's operation and attributes it to Gomez; Gomez doesn't even blink.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Refreshingly averted. With only a few exceptions, every time Hank is mentioned after his death, Gomez is mentioned as well, including when Walt gives Skyler the lottery ticket that has the coordinates of his burial site.
  • Happily Married: The few times we hear about his life outside of work (plus a few cast and crew interviews), we get this impression.
  • In-Series Nickname: Gomie
  • Killed Offscreen: We last see Gomez in "To'hajiilee" holding his own with Hank against Jack's crew. At the start of "Ozymandias", Gomez is seen lying dead. Hank soon follows.
  • Nice Guy: Hank gives him a lot of crap, but he never loses his cool. He also seems far more relaxed and cool with others around the office.
  • Only Sane Man: In contrast to Hank's very emotional and at times, even morally questionable conduct, Gomez is about as professional as they come. Becomes even more apparent once he gets in on the Heisenberg case. He frequently questions Hank on his plans, and even threatens to go public with the case if it means that it gets solved.
  • Pride: In season 4, Hank goads Gomez into conducting an extrajudicial search of the laundry that Hank believes hides Gus's meth lab, by insulting his abilities as a cop.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hank's red.
  • The Reliable One: He'll do almost anything to help out Hank, even going outside the law with him in the second half of season 5.
  • Satellite Character: Apart from being extremely loyal to Hank and not entirely competent, we never learn too much about him and he's rarely seen without his partner.
  • Undying Loyalty: Gomez is fully aware that Hank's actions in the second half of season 5 are bending the law at best, and that assisting in any way pretty much dooms his job, too. While he expresses some misgivings about Hank's plans, he backs his former partner absolutely and to his grave.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: For all their insults, it’s clear that he and Hank really do care about each other.


ASAC George Merkert

Portrayed By: Michael Shamus Wiles

The Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Albuquerque DEA Unit, serving as the boss for Agents Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez.

  • Badass Mustache: Just look at the page picture; it helps complete his Da Chief image.
  • Da Chief: Merkert is the ASAC at the Albuquerque DEA unit until Season 5, when he's forced out.
  • Foreshadowing: His relationship with Gus is extremely similar to Hank's with Walt, leading Hank to assume that arresting Walt would lead inevitably to Hank's dismissal.
    "I had him out to my house. Fourth of July. We cooked out in the backyard. My son shucked the corn. My daughter cut up potatoes. Fring brought sea bass. Every time I grill it now, I make a little foil pouch, just like he showed me. That whole night, we were laughing, telling stories, drinking wine. And he's somebody else completely. Right in front of me. Right under my nose."
  • Put on a Bus: After Gus' death, he resigns from his post, as he's disappointed in himself for having had a close personal friendship with the man and not realized sooner that he was a drug lord.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a pretty good boss, all things considered. He does suspend Hank, but he's largely sympathetic about it and from both a legal and professional stand point, he didn't really have a choice.
  • It Was with You All Along: He's shocked to discover that his long-time friend and pillar of the community Gus Fring was the biggest drug kingpin in Albuquerque.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Marie calls him out for suspending Hank and leaving him unarmed before the Cousins attacked. To be fair, Merkert couldn't have possibly seen it coming and he really had no alternative course of action given the situation at the time.


SAC Ramey

Portrayed By: Todd Terry

Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso DEA branch.

  • The Bus Came Back: He shows up for a couple of Season 2 episodes before disappearing, returning after Merkert resigns in Season 5.
  • Da Chief: He heads up the El Paso branch of the DEA making him Merkert's, and later Hank's, immediate superior. Fittingly, he ends up butting heads with Hank during Season 5.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He grows impatient with the progress of the DEA's investigation into Mike Ehrmantraut, ordering the investigation closed.
  • Police Are Useless: Apparently investigating the right-hand man of the biggest meth operation in the United States isn't worth DEA resources.


Agent Vanco

Portrayed By: J.D. Garfield

A DEA agent in El Paso, he becomes Hank's partner when the latter is given a job there.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his leg to the infamous "Tortuga Bomb"
  • Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel too sorry for him after he gets his leg blown off by a decapitated head turtle bomb. He still got off better than the Mexican official with whom he was badmouthing Hank to earlier, who was blown to pieces by the bomb.
  • Jerkass: He's rude and condescending towards Hank, and can't even look Hank in the eyes when talking about how much he dislikes him, instead preferring to speak the insults in Spanish to a fellow agent.
  • Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: Insults Hank while conversing with another agent in Spanish, which Hank is not fluent in.
  • Put on a Bus: Without a leg.


Albuquerque Police Department

    Detective Tim Roberts 

APD Det. Tim Roberts

Played By: Nigel Gibbs

A detective with the Albuquerque Police Department, who works closely with Hank Schrader and the D.E.A. under George Merkert's watch.

  • The Bus Came Back: After a brief appearance in Season 2, he has a much more important role in Season 4.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Briefly shows up to help look for Walt in early Season 2. He comes back later as the detective investigating Gale's murder, and also becomes involved in the Gus Fring case.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite voicing his suspicions about Gus Fring to Hank, he quietly disappears from the narrative afterwards without really contributing much to the Fring investigation. Of course, at that point it's become a DEA investigation, so there's no reason for him to be overly involved.
  • Friend on the Force: He's friends with Hank, and helps avoid Jurisdiction Friction between the APD and DEA. In addition to his help with the Gus Fring case, he also helps Marie avoid a theft charge due to her kleptomania.
  • Police Are Useless: Averted, for the most part. He's the only one other than Hank who suspects that Gus Fring is the head of a vast meth empire, but his relatively low ranking means he can't do much about it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Had he not asked Hank for help on the Gale Boetticher homicide, not only would Hank likely still be collecting minerals at his house, Hank probably never would have figured out that Walt was Heisenberg.

    Kalanchoe & Munn 

APD Dets. Kalanchoe & Munn

Portrayed By: Gonzalo Menendez & Jason Douglas

Two Albuquerque Police Department detectives who question Jesse on occasion.

  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Both times they appear, they don't seem to grasp that they're in over their heads and generally have little idea what's going on. They also let Hank interrogate their suspect, blatantly violating police procedure.
  • Bladder of Steel: Invoked. Munn justifies his ability to stay with Jesse in the interrogation room by saying he has a bladder the size of a hot water bottle.
  • Friend on the Force: Downplayed, they don't have the same history and relationship with Hank as Roberts, but they still agree to let him question Jesse privately for a while, despite not being the proper procedure.
  • Jerkass: Don't quite seem to grasp that antagonizing the person they're interrogating usually doesn't yield good results.
  • Smug Snake: Overconfident and cocky with Jesse.
  • Those Two Guys: Never seen without the other.


Det. Getz

Portrayed By: DJ Qualls

A young detective with the Albuquerque police department. He arrests Badger during an undercover operation, and later assists Hank and Gomez with the operation they think is to catch Heisenberg.

  • Bad "Bad Acting": When going undercover as a drug addict, he ends up overplaying the part. Luckily for him, Badger ignores his gut instincts and sells him meth anyways.
  • Butt-Monkey: Saul, Hank, and Badger of all people mock him mercilessly during his time on screen usually due to his youthful appearance, although Hank also makes a jab at his shoddy police work.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: He attempts to act the part of the "Good Cop" during his interrogation of Badger.
  • Improbable Age: Getz looks far too young to be a detective, which Saul lampshades immediately. Hank later refers to Getz as "Detective Doogie Howser". His youthful looks and slight frame are probably the reason he was chosen to go undercover as an addict. Ironically, Qualls was in his early 30s when playing the part, and typically plays younger characters.
  • Karma Houdini: He gets no comeuppance for lying about a fake law in the constitution to get Badger arrested and putting Walt and Jesse through hell to keep Badger from going to prison or having their drug business ruined.
  • Lying to the Perp: Deliberately lies to Badger about the "cops have to answer truthfully if asked if they are a cop" myth, claiming it's a real law written in the constitution.
  • Must State If You're a Cop: Deliberately invoked by him; he lied to Badger that he's not an undercover cop when he in fact is one, in order to trick him into offering meth so he gets busted.
  • Perp Sweating: He tries interrogating Badger before being ushered out of the room by Saul.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: He baits Badger by getting the guy to fall for the old urban legend that undercover cops can't deny that they're cops when asked directly.


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