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Digging Deeper: One year after meth bust inside Taco Bell, restaurant looking up

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A Cedar Rapids Taco Bell is doing well, one year after an active meth lab was found inside.

The Taco Bell off of Blairs Ferry Road in Cedar Rapids had to shut down last August for nearly two weeks, after police found materials to make meth as well as meth itself, inside. Two men, including one employee were arrested.

The restaurant re-opened 11 days later after being given a thorough cleaning and inspection from the Linn County Health Department.

The most recent inspection report from August came back normal. Everything is clear in the "Foodborne illness risk factors" section, the most important part of a restaurant inspection. However, there are some things in the "Good retail practices" section that did not measure up, such as plumbing and toilet facilities, but public health says that's common.

Business there is now back to normal and the owners are looking to the future, even helping addicts like the ones who almost brought this place down.

The owners have donated $50,000 to the Area Substance Abuse Council for methamphetamine prevention programming in Linn County.

“ Their donation will give us the opportunity to educate our community members, especially parents and educators of teenagers, on the risks associated with the use and portable compact production of methamphetamine.” Barb Gay, ASAC’s Executive Director stated.

The owners will also be providing financial assistance to any local Taco Bell employee who wishes to seek substance abuse treatment services at ASAC. The agency has established procedures for Taco Bell employees to access this financial support anonymously.

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