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Health officials: No timeline on when Taco Bell will reopen after possible meth lab found

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Two men have been arrested after Cedar Rapids Police say they found "meth lab remnants" inside a utility area in the Blairs Ferry Road Taco Bell.

31-year-old Christopher Matous and 56-year-old Kent Duby are both charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Police say one of the men was an employee at the restaurant, but authorities have not confirmed which one.

Greg Buelow, spokesperson for Cedar Rapids Police says investigators don't know if the possible meth lab found inside the Taco Bell was actually manufactured inside, but says they found "active meth-making ingredients.”

Who cleans up the hazardous materials to make sure you're safe when the doors to this restaurant reopen?

“Taco Bell has a private environmental company that will be coming in to inspect and to clean the restaurant,” said Heather Meador, senior public health nurse at Linn County Public Health.

Meador says once the restaurant's private firm cleans, her department will go in and do their own intensive inspection.

“I'm not going to put a time limit on there, it's going to take as long as it takes,” said Meador. “So we will make sure things are how they need to be before it's allowed to reopen.”

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has guidelines when it comes to cleaning up meth labs.

However, there are no federal regulations in cleaning them.

According to the guidelines, even small amounts of meth contaminants can linger in ceiling tiles, furniture, sinks, and drains even after thorough cleaning is done.

However, it's dependent on the amount of ingredients and how long the items were inside the restaurant to determine the contamination levels, and that is something police are still investigating.

While Meador won't put a timeline on how long it'll take before the taco bell will reopen, she ensures until it's safe for the public and Taco Bell workers... the doors will stay shut.

After speaking to state toxicologists and investigators, Meador says there's no reason for the public or taco bell workers to believe they were in any danger.

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