UPDATED: Possible Meth Lab Found at Blairs Ferry Taco Bell
Officers were called to the Blairs Ferry Taco Bell at 4:42 a.m. Tuesday morning for suspicious activity, Cedar Rapids Public Information Officer Greg Buelow told CBS 2 News. When police arrived they found two men that they suspect were involved in drug activity. The restaurant was closed at the time, but officials are not ruling out the possibility the men were inside. The two men are now in custody and officials are investigating the possibility of a meth lab. The suspects names have not been released.
[Via CBS 2 News]
8/4/15 2:00 p.m. - Update: Taco Bell has released a statement on the investigation confirming that an employee was one of the two people arrested. The Taco Bell franchise on Blairs Ferry Road is cooperating with the police investigation and the employee suspected to be involved has been terminated. You can read the full statement below.
"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. Our franchisee has been cooperating with Cedar Rapids Police to investigate this isolated incident. 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 restaurant will reopen after it has been sanitized and inspected by the Health Department."
[Via Taco Bell]
8/4/15 3:50 p.m. - Update: In a press release from the Cedar Rapids' Police Department the suspects were identified as 31-year-old Christopher Matous and 56-year-old Kent Duby. Matous faces several charges including conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. Duby has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, which is a Class C felony. Both suspects are in custody at the Linn County Jail.
After police responded to the suspicious person call at 4:42 a.m. Tuesday morning, they contacted the manager of the restaurant who went inside with the officers to verify that all was in order. It was at that time that officers found remnants of a meth lab in a utility area. No further information is available at this time.