Two ‘hiding’ Farcet ‘gardeners’ in the UK illegally jailed after police discover £800,000 worth of cannabis
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Two ‘hiding’ men described as ‘gardeners’ who were in the UK illegally and had been asked to help grow what they believed to be Bonsai trees and tomato plants have been jailed after police discovered £800,000 worth of cannabis.
Officers carried out a warrant at a house in Straight Drove, Farcet, in December last year (2017) and found about £800,000 worth of cannabis plants along with Ken Nguyen, 26, and Phu Nguyen, 24, hiding.
With every room in the large house being used to grow the plant, both men, of no fixed address, were arrested for being concerned in the cultivation on cannabis.
A couple of days later the men were both charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis.
The court heard how both men were in the UK illegally and had been asked to help grow what they believed to be Bonsai trees and tomato plants.
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On Friday (15 June) the pair appeared at Peterborough Crown Court.
Ken was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty following a trial.
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While Phu was sentenced to one year and ten months in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year.
In sentencing, judge Lowe said the men were at the bottom of the chain in the professional set-up at the house and that they would serve half their sentences before being transferred to an immigration detention centre.
Detective sergeant Kelly Gray, from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), said: “We will never tolerate those who wish to bring harm to our communities through the production of illegal drugs so we’re pleased that these men, who were also in the country illegally, will serve time behind bars.”