Vietnamese cannabis farmer was trafficked from Russia

Tankerville Street, Hartlepool.

Hartlepool, England ( Hartlepool Mail, July 20,2017): A Vietnamese man who was caught running a £144,000 cannabis farm in a Hartlepool house told cops that he had arrived from Russia in a container.

The illegal immigrant was in charge of the second crop of the Class B drug being produced at the property worth £144,650. Teesside Crown Court.

The man, Au Nguyen, 23, said that he had been there for five months looking after the 262 plants which were spread over four rooms.

The judge at Teesside Crown Court said that it was a sophisticated set-up with the electricity supply bypassed, abstractor fans, and heating, lighting and irrigation systems.

Prosecutor Emma Atkinson said the house next door in Tankerville Street, Hartlepool, was also a cannabis farm when Cleveland Police raided them on May 3.

There were 186 plants in the second one, and it also had a Vietnamese live-in gardener called Nguyen but they were not connected.

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