A local felon was arrested Thursday night on multiple charges after allegedly refusing to come out when Hot Springs police attempted to execute a narcotics search warrant at his house and then fleeing in a vehicle, almost hitting six officers.
A search of the house after the warrant was finally executed reportedly uncovered a large quantity of suspected drugs, numerous guns and over 3,400 rounds of ammunition of various types.
Lloyd Coubern Jensen Jr., 45, of 316 Hermlee St., who is on parole and classified as a habitual offender, was taken into custody around 6 p.m. and charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, punishable by up to life in prison, possession of a firearm by certain persons, unauthorized use of another person's property to facilitate certain crimes and possession of drug paraphernalia, each punishable by up to 20 years, fleeing in a vehicle, tampering with evidence and six counts of aggravated assault, each punishable by up to six years.
According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly before 5 p.m., the HSPD SWAT team, special investigations unit and DEA agents attempted to execute a narcotics warrant on Jensen's Hermlee Street residence.
SWAT team members began giving commands via loudspeaker for Jensen to exit the house with his hands up and warned him force would be used if he didn't come out. The officers got no response from Jensen and began deploying CS gas into the residence to force Jensen out.
At that point, officers noticed smoke coming out of the chimney, which was not visible earlier, indicating Jensen had set something on fire inside.
At 5:50 p.m., Jensen reportedly backed out of his garage in his vehicle while the door was still closed, causing damage to the house and vehicle. He backed up the road and sped away south on Elice Circle. He went past the intersection of Hermlee and Elice where six SWAT team members were staging and almost hit them, forcing them to "take evasive action" to avoid being hit.
Jensen continued on Elice Circle until he reached the point where the street dead-ends, where he reportedly wrecked. He fled on foot into the woods with officers and DEA agents in pursuit and was apprehended moments later by officers.
After Jensen's arrest, the detectives and DEA agents were able to enter the house and begin searching and in the office area allegedly located five loaded guns, including two 9-mm pistols, a .45-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber long rifle and a .22-caliber revolver, along with numerous magazines and boxes of ammunition with a total of over 3,400 rounds.
They found multiple bags with "a crystal-like substance" in various quantities weighing a total of 288 grams, or over half a pound, several bags with a white powder-like substance, an off-white powder and a white rocklike substance, multiple pipes, smoking devices, syringes, and other paraphernalia commonly used to consume narcotics.
They also found digital scales, a money counter, a vacuum sealer with bags, multiple thumb drives, several cellphones, various laptop computers, tablets and other such equipment in the office area. In the attic, they found another loaded rifle and in the fireplace they found several burned firearms.
In the bathroom, they reportedly found meth near the toilet and some meth "shards" in the toilet. They also found signs of meth around the floor of the fireplace where "Jensen attempted to burn the bags." The substance was field tested and confirmed to be meth, the affidavit states.
Jensen was last convicted in Garland County Circuit Court on Sept. 11, 2012, of possession of a firearm by certain persons and possession of a controlled substance, meth, and sentenced to 15 years in prison but was later paroled.
At the time of his conviction, he was classified as a habitual offender having been convicted in 1995 in Saline County of first-degree criminal mischief; in 2000 in Garland County of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of theft of property; and in 2005 in Grant County for manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, burglary, theft of property, breaking or entering and drug fraud.