Lake County, Fl., deputies discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab this week after they pulled over a man driving a rental truck and towing a pickup, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Acting on a tip that someone towing a pickup might be carrying illegal drugs, deputies stopped Michael Wayne Lajoie Jr., 34, just before midnight because he had improper lights on his truck. When Lajoie refused to allow investigators to look inside his trucks, deputies brought in a K-9 unit to sniff around. They found more than $15,000 worth of methamphetamine and ephedrine, gas masks, and several pieces of equipment and chemicals used to manufacture the drugs inside the larger truck.
Sheriff’s investigators said more methamphetamine is being manufactured in vehicles and in motel rooms throughout Central Florida. “We’re seeing more and more of it,” said one official. “It’s easier to go undetected rather than having a lab set up in a house.” The equipment and ingredients used to make the drug can fit into a regular suitcase or duffel bag.