NW Omaha Man, Wife Arrested In Drug Ring
Police took 420 marijuana plants from three homes allegedly owned by one manPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
A multi-home drug ring is busted in the northwest Omaha/Bennington area. Police arrested a man growing more than 400 marijuana plants. 32-year-old Larry Christiansen is behind bars, and authorities have seized a laundry list of items believed to be involved in drug dealing.
Search warrants were issued for 3 homes owned by Christiansen on October 31st. They are near 120th & Military, 157th & Larimore Plaza, and 162nd & Young St. Authorities believe Christiansen was growing marijuana in one home, harvesting it at another, and then living in the third. They seized more than 400 marijuana plants, almost 60 pounds of harvested marijuana, six assault rifles, and about $150,000 in cash.
Authorities did surveillance on all three homes and noticed vehicles coming and going at all hours of the day and night. Reports indicated that Christiansen had expensive homes and vehicles while there was no record of him having a job since 2004.
“The guy spent clearly a lot of money on the house and put at least $50,000 of ventilation in the back which the police explained was for venting the air out of the basement to get rid of the smell,” said Jean Brady, a neighbor to one of Christiansen’s homes.
Christiansen and his wife, 43-year-old Michelle Christiansen, were arrested on three felonies each including Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance.
"It's good that they finally caught up with them and put them out of business,” neighbor Tom Wilson explained. "We really weren't surprised that there was something like that going on, we didn't know exactly what was going on but they were different neighbors for sure."
Larry Christiansen is being held on $750,000 bond at the Douglas County Department of Corrections. Michelle Christiansen was released on bail.