Two men have been arrested for running a meth lab out of a Taco Bell in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One of them was an employee at the store.
Police discovered the fledgling enterprise within the store after arriving on the scene to deal with reports of a “suspicious person” hanging around outside early on Tuesday morning. After a manager let officers in, they found signs of a meth lab in a utility area, including lye, fuel, and drain cleaner, according to Eater.
One of the men, 31-year-old Taco Bell employee Christopher Adam Matous, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as various drug possession charges. Kent Jerome Duby, 56, was reportedly also charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth.
Matous reportedly told officers that he was making the meth “for personal use” with the aim of staying “high all the time.”
Matous was canned, and the shop is temporarily closed as management deals with the police investigation. In a statement, the popular Mexican fast-food chain said, ”Both we and our franchisee find this completely unacceptable,. 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.”
Read more: NBC News
Photo: Cedar Rapids Police