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Apartment fire leads to marijuana bust

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Posted By: Camila Orti
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Lincoln police arrested a 22–year–old woman after finding what looked like an indoor marijuana growing operation in her apartment, but it started with a fire.

Neighbors near 27th and F streets woke up to sirens and lights early Saturday morning.

"I heard sirens coming up and then they stopped and it was like they stopped awful close, so I looked outside the window and they were out front," neighbor Donald Stoki said.

Stoki lives right next door to the apartment building where everything happened.

Fire officials say an accidental fire started in a basement apartment around 2 a.m., but it was what firefighters found inside that caught the attention of LPD.

"Firefighters in there doing what they refer to as an overhaul noticed a small refrigerator that had several jars of marijuana in it," Lincoln Police Capt. Jim Davidsaver said.

Davidsaver says a search warrant led officers to find about two pounds of marijuana and other items, like lights, that would be associated with a marijuana growing operation.

"Officers are still in the process of inventory and tagging the items recovered," Davidsaver said.

They arrested the apartment tenant, 22–year–old Jena Schlatz, for two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

The other building residents were asked to evacuate at the time of the fire. Officials say those families still haven't been allowed back into their apartments.

Fire Inspector Ken Hilger says he's still investigating the cause of the fire. He says heat and smoke from the blaze caused about $50,000 in structural damage to the 12-unit building.

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