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New meth lab disposal container installed in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE) has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to install containers that will help them fight illegal meth production.

Five new containers will be placed statewide, with one coming to Cedar Rapids.

The containers are about 450 cubic feet, and have an exhaust system. They will be used to contain and control the dangerous meth precursors seized by law enforcement.

“These containers allow for safe disposal, greatly minimizing the safety risks to the public,” a DPS representative wrote.

The boxes were installed by DPS, which cites the growing concern of local agencies with the high-cost of safely disposing of meth labs. Cleaning up one lab can costs thousands of dollars. These units will reduce that.

“We greatly value our partnership with our local agencies and task forces, and the work they do to bring an end to illegal narcotics in our state. Safety of the citizens of our state is our number one priority. With these containers in place, the DNE, along with local agencies, will be able to safely and properly dispose of all materials from Clandestine Labs, and they'll be able to do that at no cost,” stated Paul Feddersen, Assistant Director of the Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Officials plan to install more containers in the future.

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