January house fire leads to felony charges for Lyman man

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LYMAN, Neb. (KNEP) - A Lyman man is facing several felony drug and weapons charges in a case that started with a fire at his home last month.

Fernando Jimenez, 48, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for distribution of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of meth and a marijuana infraction.

Court records say authorities responding to a fire at the man's Lyman residence January 16 found a glass beaker and hot plates, items used in the manufacture of narcotics, as well as a plastic bottle fashioned into a smoking device.

After obtaining a search warrant investigators found a variety of drug-related items, including a black vial with yellow balloons and a another black vial containing more than 8 grams of marijuana. Further examination of the yellow balloons uncovered 15 small bindles with a white substance weighing 4.2 grams that tested positive for meth.

Jimenez had left the scene during the fire, but was arrested Tuesday at a camper located at the same location. In addition to 17-hundred dollars found in the suspect's wallet, a search of the camper uncovered more than 17 grams of a white substance that tested positive for meth, plus digital scales, baggies, four knives with blades over four inches, and a machete.

Additional charges lodged against Jimenez include distribution of meth, possession of meth, possession of a deadly weapon during a felony and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.