File this Omaha police report under helpful criminal behavior.
A 27-year-old Omaha man wound up being arrested for having a marijuana-growing operation in his basement last week after first admitting to police that he had been shooting fireworks off in his yard.
The suspect faces up to 20 years in prison after being charged in Douglas County District Court with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony.
The tale begins just before 10 p.m. on Sept. 16 when the Omaha Police Department's Shot Spotter reported possible gunfire in the area of 38th Street and Bedford Avenue. When officers began investigating, the suspect came out of his home to tell them he had just been setting off fireworks in the front yard.
Police immediately noticed “a strong smell of marijuana” coming from the suspect and the house, where he told them he was the sole renter. The suspect then agreed have the residence searched, telling the officers they would find “a small quantity of marijuana” in the living room.
Police didn't stop in the living room, however, but continued to the basement where they recovered 16 mature marijuana plants, grow lights, generators, packaging materials, a digital scale and nearly an ounce of harvested pot.
The suspect is currently free on his own recognizance.