A house fire at 1141 East Oak Street in Jena ended up with the homeowner in jail facing multiple illegal drug and firearm charges, according to Jena Chief of Police Scott McLendon.
At 6:41 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2016, the Jena Fire Department was notified of a house fire at the above address. When firemen arrived, the home was on fire and full of smoke. Firemen extinguished the fire and cleared the home of smoke.
McLendon was notified that one of the firemen had observed suspected illegal narcotics inside the home.
A Jena patrolman was dispatched to the scene and received voluntary consent from the homeowner, John Robbins, Sr., 64, to search the residence.
Two Jena patrolmen and a deputy sheriff entered the residence and in a room located at the end of the hallway, observed suspected marijuana plants, along with watering devices and lights. Robbins was read his Miranda rights and transported to the LaSalle Parish Jail.