Illegal immigrant jailed over £183,000 cannabis factories

Western Telegraph: DRUGS RAID: Cannabis growing operations were discovered at properties in the Pembroke Dock area.  PICTURE: Western Telegraph. (6625391) DRUGS RAID: Cannabis growing operations were discovered at properties in the Pembroke Dock area. PICTURE: Western Telegraph. (6625391)

INFORMATION discovered when police raided a cannabis factory in Pembroke Dock led police to another one in Monkton, a court heard on Friday.

And inside 34 Ramsden Court officers found 571 plants capable of producing cannabis with a street value of £183,000.

They also found 24 year old Tang Nguyen, who had been smuggled into the UK via France.

Nguyen admitted producing a controlled drug and was jailed for two years and two months.

Swansea crown court heard he would be deported back to Vietnam on his release from prison.

Kevin Jones, prosecuting, said four rooms and an attic space had been turned over to the growing of cannabis plants.

There was also a sophisticated lighting system and an air filtration unit.

In addition, the electricity supply had been bypassed.

Mr Jones said Nguyen told police he had been appointed as a gardener to look after the plants.

He said he had been there for three months and had never left the house, although police found fresh vegetables.

Nguyen’s barrister, Kate Williams, said he was at the bottom of the chain.

“He knew what he was doing but clearly there were others involved,” she added.

The judge, Mr Recorder H J Furness, said police had uncovered “a very significant attempt to produce cannabis in vast quantities.”

He ordered the destruction of the cannabis plants and all the equipment.

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8:40am Sat 21 Jun 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

The problems associated with illegal drug use are well known. I can't help thinking this arrest is a total waste of time. This person is obviously being used and exploited by others and can in no way be the sole organiser of this. I think it's a shame that the police even bothered to prosecute him.
A quick google will reveal that the 'sophisticated lighting' etc costs quite a large amount. I doubt very much whether this 24yo could have bought all these things himself.
I have no problem with the destruction of the plants but surely the young man can be considered a victim in this.
If bringing prosecutions like this is the only thing PC Plod are doing then they will never solve the problem.
The uk's drug laws are an anachronism, arresting the 'slaves' who are trafficked into the country to tend such operations seems perverse.
Just my opinion.

Ps the photo of that copper proudly showing his 'evidence' makes me Lol. What a goon!
The problems associated with illegal drug use are well known. I can't help thinking this arrest is a total waste of time. This person is obviously being used and exploited by others and can in no way be the sole organiser of this. I think it's a shame that the police even bothered to prosecute him. A quick google will reveal that the 'sophisticated lighting' etc costs quite a large amount. I doubt very much whether this 24yo could have bought all these things himself. I have no problem with the destruction of the plants but surely the young man can be considered a victim in this. If bringing prosecutions like this is the only thing PC Plod are doing then they will never solve the problem. The uk's drug laws are an anachronism, arresting the 'slaves' who are trafficked into the country to tend such operations seems perverse. Just my opinion. Ps the photo of that copper proudly showing his 'evidence' makes me Lol. What a goon! Hyper-injunctions
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9:30pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Law Chicks says...

The police are doing their job in seizing these illegal drugs and therefore preventing potential crimes associated with drug use. Negative comments such as those published by the aforementioned reader are not supporting the police in performing their job of crime prevention. I would imagine that the author is a ''goon' himself and perhaps a drug user or someone with a grudge against police. Why criticise the police for drugs haul? Surely praise is needed! The officer in the picture is not a 'goon', but a police sergeant proudly displaying the evidence of a crime and performing a job which I pay my taxes for. We'll done PC plod!!
The police are doing their job in seizing these illegal drugs and therefore preventing potential crimes associated with drug use. Negative comments such as those published by the aforementioned reader are not supporting the police in performing their job of crime prevention. I would imagine that the author is a ''goon' himself and perhaps a drug user or someone with a grudge against police. Why criticise the police for drugs haul? Surely praise is needed! The officer in the picture is not a 'goon', but a police sergeant proudly displaying the evidence of a crime and performing a job which I pay my taxes for. We'll done PC plod!! Law Chicks
  • Score: 7

9:10am Tue 24 Jun 14

Gogledd says...

Maybe if the legalised it they could then tax it and then maybe it could be controlled like in Colorado US...who knows but its a thought.
Maybe if the legalised it they could then tax it and then maybe it could be controlled like in Colorado US...who knows but its a thought. Gogledd
  • Score: -3

12:17pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Flashbang says...

Lazy plod just happy to arrest the one on the bottom rung. A bit of real police work might have caught those responsible for setting up and distributing the crop. A bit like their investigations into PCC, they couldn't be bothered to look into that properly either.
Lazy plod just happy to arrest the one on the bottom rung. A bit of real police work might have caught those responsible for setting up and distributing the crop. A bit like their investigations into PCC, they couldn't be bothered to look into that properly either. Flashbang
  • Score: -3

1:38pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Bilbo101 says...

Until such drugs are legalised, regulated and taxed then the police are always going to be chasing their tails and the organised criminals are always win whilst the minions at the bottom of the pile get caught and serve some jail time.

If drugs were legalised then the country would see a dramatic decline in serious crime such as house burglaries and muggings that are mostly carried out by addicts trying to raise cash for their next fix. Legalisation would remove the need for people to steal in order to fund their habit and some of the money raised through taxation could be spent on specialist treatment centres and councillors to help those who have problems with drugs.

At the moment all the cash is going to organised criminals and is also funding terrorism. Legalisation would stop that. People are going to take drugs whether they are legal or not. Legalisation and regulation backed up by health care professionals is the right route to go. Many countries and many states in the USA are now waking up to this but I guess it is still going to take the UK Government another 20 years or so to cotton.

Drug addicts and users should be treated by health care professionals and not the police and courts. Legalising drugs would free the police up to focus on more serious matters such as violent crime.
Until such drugs are legalised, regulated and taxed then the police are always going to be chasing their tails and the organised criminals are always win whilst the minions at the bottom of the pile get caught and serve some jail time. If drugs were legalised then the country would see a dramatic decline in serious crime such as house burglaries and muggings that are mostly carried out by addicts trying to raise cash for their next fix. Legalisation would remove the need for people to steal in order to fund their habit and some of the money raised through taxation could be spent on specialist treatment centres and councillors to help those who have problems with drugs. At the moment all the cash is going to organised criminals and is also funding terrorism. Legalisation would stop that. People are going to take drugs whether they are legal or not. Legalisation and regulation backed up by health care professionals is the right route to go. Many countries and many states in the USA are now waking up to this but I guess it is still going to take the UK Government another 20 years or so to cotton. Drug addicts and users should be treated by health care professionals and not the police and courts. Legalising drugs would free the police up to focus on more serious matters such as violent crime. Bilbo101
  • Score: 2

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