Man jailed for growing drugs

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A VIETNAMESE man has been jailed for two years for growing a cannabis factory in Daventry.

Tho Luu, 36, was sentecned after pleading guilty to producing class B drugs at Northampton Crown Court on Friday last week.

The illegal immigrant now faces deportation.

He was arrested after police raided a house in Danetre Drive in September and cannabis plants valued at £100,000.

Police welcomed the sentencing. Sgt Sam Dobbs, who led the raid, said: “It was really good that, working with the local community, we were together able to shut down another cannabis factory and take it out of the supply chain.

“It was also good that the justice system was speedy and has sent a strong message to this man and others involved in drugs supply.”

Police were tipped off about a strong smell of cannabis coming from the house and once they raided the property, they discovered each of the three bedrooms were filled with 215 cannabis plants at varying stages of growth.

Michael Waterfield, prosecuting, said the elaborate set-up included fertilisers, ducting, fans and the electricity meter had been bypassed.

Luu told police he had been offered the job of running the cannabis factory since arriving in the UK last year.

Steven Evans, defending, said Luu fled Vietnam in August 2010, when he and his work mates foiled a robbery while working in a gold mine. He had two fingers severed as retribution and should be considered a vulnerable person.

Mr Evans added: “He is a vulnerable person because he is here illegally and could not earn legitimately.”

But Sgt Dobbs said after Luu was jailed that more can be done in the fight against drugs in the Daventry area.

He added: “My only frustration is that the people who deserve even more to be in the dock and receiving custodial sentences are those higher in the supply chain than the man sentenced yesterday. Those who hurt society most by the wicked supply of drugs deserve to be hurt the most, and it is those people we need to get into the dock.”