Drugs found at scene of house fire, man arrested

Drugs found at scene of house fire, man arrested

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police arrested a man after drugs were found during a reported house fire.

Jonesboro police officers were called to 2009 Kathleen St. to assist the Jonesboro Fire Department early Thursday morning.

While on scene a fire department official told police officers he saw drugs laying on a dresser in plain sight in the back bedroom, according to the JPD report. The fire official knew it was a controlled substance based on previous experience as a police officer.

The incident report stated officers found "several small plastic baggies laying on top of the dresser with a white crystalline substance in them." During the investigation the substance in the bags field tested positive for meth, police said.

Officers also found three glass pipes used for smoking meth, a set of digital scales and a carton of plastic baggies.

Officers spoke with homeowner James Cowan who told police he was the only person in the house and that he started the fire "while burning some wire on the back porch."

Cowan was arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. He was taken to a Jonesboro hospital because he was having trouble breathing due to smoke in the house.

Cowan was treated, released and taken to the the Craighead County Detention Center. He was given a June 1 court date and is in jail pending a probable cause hearing.

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