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‘Rolling meth lab' stopped in Calexico

February 11, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police here broke up what they called "a rolling meth lab" when officers made contact with a motorist for a traffic violation this morning.

Arrested were Jose Manuel Franco, 29, of Calexico and Jorge Rubio, 27, of Holtville. Both were booked into the county on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance. Both had bail set at $100,000.

The arrests came shortly after midnight when Calexico police Officer Eric Hackett took note of traffic violations of a driver in the 100 block of Banagas Street. Hackett was going to attempt a traffic stop, but the driver parked before Hackett had a chance to flash his lights

Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Franco, Hackett found he neither had a driver's license nor any identification.

When Franco stated his name, a search indicated he was driving on a suspended license, Hackett said. He also said both Franco and his passenger, Rubio, seemed nervous.

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Hackett said there was good reason for the two to be nervous.

He alleged marijuana was found on Franco and during a search of the car's trunk, "a rolling meth lab" was found consisting of materials to manufacture methamphetamine and a "usable" amount of the drug.

Both men were arrested. Along with the counts of manufacturing a controlled substance against both men, Franco was arrested on other counts, including driving with a suspended license and possessing marijuana.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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