It's a record bust. Another major marijuana growing operation was discovered here in Lincoln. This time police recovered almost 1,800 live marijuana plants and arrested the man involved..
It's the 4th time in less than a week police have busted marijuana growing operations in homes. Police say this time it was a tip from a neighbor that led them to the most recent bust.
The Lincoln Lancaster Narcotics Task force served a warrant at 1921 Connie road right off of 17th and Highway 2. Inside they recovered almost 1,800 active marijuana plants as well as heat lamps, fertilizer and other growing equipment.
Neighbors say they always thought something was going on at the home. "Neighbors had been upset about his strange living arrangement nobody lived at the house they would just come and go and nobody know who lived there or who owned it was a very mysterious house," Shirley Scheffert said.
Arrested was Tham Cao who was renting the home but didn't live there. Police say inside they found a check book and utility bills belonging to Cao. He was arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance. Officer Katie Flood says it was a tip from a neighbor that led police to the home.
"This is a huge find from just a tip I love that he really paid attention what ever news outlet he was listening to and followed through and saw suspicious things in his neighborhood and realized there was an issue and wasn't afraid to call police and it really paid off," Flood said.
Last week police recovered 1,300 marijuana plants, in three different homes, leading to five people being arrested. But this recent case tops them all becoming the largest marijuana growing operations the police have ever seen.
And for neighbors it's a relief this operation was shut down. "I'm glad it will be taken care of and we will not have to have that mysterious house in the neighborhood anymore," Scheffert said.
Just to put this in perspective for you police recovered a little less than 1,800 marijuana plants and their estimated street value is $1,500 a piece. So in total police seized around $2.7 million dollars worth of marijuana that could have been distributed on Lincoln streets.