A 48-year-old Lyman man has been arrested on a variety of felony drug charges stemming from a January 16th house fire.
Court documents say when authorities arrived at the fire, homeowner Fernando Jimenez was loading a cooler and beer cases into a car, and did not seem concerned about the electrical fire.
When officers entered the home, they saw a glass beaker and hot plates- which are known to be used during the manufacturing of narcotics.
Earlier in the day, a Lyman fireman encountered Jimenez at the convenience store and told police that Fernando smelled like cat urine, which is common when people use ammonia to make meth.
Following a walk through of the house, authorities tried to locate Jimenez, but he had left the scene.
A search warrant for the home was obtained, and authorities found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a 9mm magazine, pills, and marijuana.
A n warrant was issued for his arrest for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine.
On Tuesday evening, authorities went to a camper at the residence to serve the arrest warrant. While searching Jimenez, authorities found $1,700 cash in his wallet.
A subsequent search warrant was issued, this time for the camper. Authorities found more than 17 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales and baggies, knives and a machete were also found inside the camper.
Fernando Jimenez was arrested on new charges of Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
He is scheduled to make his first appearance on all charges Wednesday afternoon in Scotts Bluff County Court.