IMPERIAL — A search for a stolen vehicle Tuesday led a county Sheriff's Office deputy to a residence northeast of here and to a suspected methamphetamine lab.
Ernie Limon, commander of the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force, said a deputy responded to a residence in the 300 block of Huston Road, north of Imperial Valley College, shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday.
There the deputy spotted a vehicle, checked the license plate and determined it had been reported as stolen.
The deputy made contact with a man apparently living in a bus on the property and found the man, Francis Ronald Collins, 46, was on probation for possessing a controlled substance, according to the county Probation Department.
In searching Collins' bus, the deputy found what appeared to be chemicals and devices for manufacturing a narcotic.
Limon said NTF agents determined the bus was being used as a lab to manufacture methamphetamine.