Two men were arrested Monday following a traffic stop of a U-Haul box truck that investigators said housed a marijuana drug lab.
California Highway Patrol officers pulled over the truck about 1:10 a.m. on Brookhurst Road near Roberta Avenue. They saw a liquid substance leaking from the back of the vehicle, “and it had a chemical smell to it,” said CHP Officer Paul Fox.
The occupants told officers they “had no idea what was back there” in the truck, Fox said. Authorities did not immediately release the name of the driver, a 24-year-old Antioch man, and his passenger, a 26-year-old Laguna Niguel resident.
Officers initially thought the truck was being used for a methamphetamine lab, but investigators determined it was carrying concentrated cannabis, Fox said.
“They had to dam it from going into the storm drains,” Fox said of the leaking chemicals.
The license plates on the truck were from another vehicle, and investigators were working to determine if the truck was also stolen, Fox said.
Orangethorpe Elementary School at 1400 S. Brookhurst Road had to be closed until 10 a.m. as authorities removed the honeyoil lab materials and chemicals, Fullerton police Sgt. Carin Wright said.
All lanes of Brookhurst were closed from the Riverside (91) Freeway to Orangethorpe Avenue, Wright said.