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UPDATE: Police say active meth lab was inside Taco Bell

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Officers found an active meth lab inside the Taco Bell at 2621 Blairs Ferry Road in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning.

According to a criminal complaint, officers found Coleman fuel, lye, drain cleaner, and other ingredients used to manufacture the drug.

The complaint says officers also recovered one to two grams of meth at the scene.

Officers found 31-year-old Christopher Matous, an employee of the store, outside with a peeled lithium battery near his feet.

The complaint says Matous admitted to making meth for his own use to "stay high all the time."

Matous also has a previous conviction for making meth from April 21, 2008.

Police also found another person at the Taco Bell with Matous.  Authorities arrested and charged 56-year-old Kent Duby.

The Taco Bell location remains closed until it has been evaluated and decontaminated by "professional environmental experts," according to the Linn County Public Health Department.

"At this time there is no evidence that there is a health risk to the public," said health director Pramod Dwivedi.

Dwivedi said if new information came to light, the public would be informed of any health hazards.

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Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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