Man found sleeping in suspected mobile meth lab arrested

NATIONAL CITY — A 54-year-old San Diego man was facing charges Friday after he was found sleeping in a suspected “mobile methamphetamine laboratory” parked alongside a street in National City, police said.

National City police officers contacted a man inside a vehicle parked on Fenton Place in the Lincoln Acres area early Thursday and quickly spotted a container and packaging filled with what they suspected was meth, according to a police statement.

The motorist was taken into custody and a subsequent search of the vehicle turned up more than 100 grams of meth, along with the equipment and chemicals used to make the drug, including 10 gallons of muriatic acid and a portable stove, police said.

The discovery prompted police to summon a Hazmat team to clean up the chemicals.

The suspect’s name was not immediately available, but police said he was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of ammunition.