(Neb)-House Fire Leads To Meth Lab And Arrest
GERING - A Lyman man has been charged with multiple felony drug counts in a case that began when a January 16th fire at his house revealed a methamphetamine lab.
48-year old Fernando Jimenez was initially charged with possession and distribution of meth with authorities later adding one more count of each plus counts of possession of a deadly weapon during a felony, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
KNEB radio says court documents show that when firefighters arrived on scene, Jimenez was loading a cooler and beer cases into a car and did not seem concerned about the fire. When officers entered the home, they saw equipment commonly used to make meth.
A Lyman firefighter then told officers he'd run into Jimenez earlier in the day at a convenience store and that Jimenez smelled like cat urine, which is common when ammonia is used to make meth.
When officers tried to arrest Jimenez, he'd already left but a search warrant was obtained and authorities seized a quantity of meth, pills, and marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a magazine for 9mm gun.
Jimenez remained at large until this week when he was found living in a camper parked by the burned house. Another search warrant was issued and officers found more than 17 grams of meth, digital scales, small plastic bags, knives and a machete. He also had $1,700 cash in his wallet.
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