Police say marijuana busts are connected

There have been 5 major marijuana growing operations busted in Lincoln in less than a week and police believe they're all related.

In the recent busts it's been tips from the community that has led police to these major operations. Now a total of 6 people have been arrested for their involvement.  Police say a major player has been 34 year old Tham Cao. He was arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

Inside a home that Cau rents near 17th and Highway 2, Officer Katie Flood says they found nearly 18 hundred marijuana plants as well as heat lamps, fertilizer and other growing equipment. Flood says with the help of Lincoln residents they were able to remove a major problem from the community. Police say look out for residences that seem unoccupied that only have visitors at odd hours, blacked out windows, and strange odors.

Officer Flood says those clues led to the another search warrant on  415 N. 32nd Street. Cao used that home simply for his marijuana operation. Police found 1,403 plants there.  Inside the home where he lives near 14th and Fletcher police found over a pound of harvested marijuana and a large amount of cash.

Police say Cao's operation was the largest operation ever busted in Lincoln.  Police want to remind residents that if you suspect suspicious activity in your neighborhood don't hesitate to report it. If you suspect any criminal activity in your neighborhood you can call crimestoppers, 475–3600.