Traffic stop leads to discovery of mobile meth lab

A traffic stop in Santa Clara on Monday led to the discovery of a mobile methamphetamine lab in a vehicle.

On Monday, an officer with the Santa Clara Police Department observed a vehicle driving on El Camino Real with a large crack in its windshield.

The officer determined the vehicle's registration was suspended, so the officer pulled the vehicle over in the area of El Camino Real and Main Street.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, identified as Marcelino Huizar, had a suspended driver's license.

The officer conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered a large amount of methamphetamine and items used to manufacture a controlled substance including beakers, flasks, tubing, chemicals, suspected precursor chemicals, narcotics paraphernalia and a hydrochloric generator, police said.

Huizar was arrested on suspicion of several narcotics related offenses.

Following the arrest, the Santa Clara Police Department contacted the United States Drug Enforcement Agency to take custody of the evidence.