Meth Lab Remnants Found Inside Taco Bell in Iowa; Employee Arrested

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The remnants of a suspected meth lab were found inside a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Taco Bell on Aug. 4, 2015. (Credit: KWWL)

Two men, including an employee, were arrested after Cedar Rapids police uncovered the remnants of a meth lab inside a Taco Bell in Iowa early Tuesday.

Officers were called out to the Taco Bell after receiving a report of a “suspicious person” at the fast-food restaurant just before 4:45 a.m., according to a news release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

When they arrived, officers located two men outside of the restaurant, which was closed at the time. One of the men identified himself as a Taco Bell employee, while the other indicated he did not work at the restaurant.

Officers contacted the manager of the Taco Bell and asked him to go in to the restaurant to verify everything inside the business was OK. While looking around, officers found meth lab remnants in a utility area of the restaurant, according to the release.

The two individuals were taken into custody and subsequently arrested.

They have been identified as 31-year-old Christopher Adam Matous and 56-year-old Kent Jerome Duby. Both have been booked at the Linn County Jail on methamphetamine-related charged. 

Taco Bell has issued a statement confirming the arrest of an employee.

“We understand that two people, one an employee, entered our franchisee’s restaurant illegally, allegedly possessing suspicious items. Both we and our franchisee find this completely unacceptable,” the statement read. “Although the suspicious items found in the restaurant were not used in the kitchen, the employee has been terminated and our franchisee is considering pressing criminal charges.”

The franchisee was cooperating with the investigation of the incident, which was described by restaurant officials as “isolated.”

Meanwhile, the restaurant has been temporarily closed. It would, however, “reopen after it has been sanitized and inspected by the Health Department,” according to the statement.

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