Lincoln Man Sentenced for Marijuana Conspiracy
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on June 8, 2012, Da Van Cao, age 32 of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to manufacture and distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants. Following the prison term, he will serve five years on supervised release.
Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Unit officers served search warrants at 1921 Connie Road, 415 N. 32nd Street, 1110 N. 28th Street, and 2902 Starr Street in March 2010. Cao had connections with each of the residences, including paying the utilities at three of them. Over 3,300 live marijuana plants were found and seized from those residences. Officers also seized harvested marijuana, multiple grow lights, hydro tanks and other items utilized in growing the marijuana. Cao was indicted by a federal grand jury in May, 2010 and pled guilty in January 2012.
The matter was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force, which includes officers of the Lincoln Police Department, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department.