Birmingham news Homeless Birmingham man set to be deported again after cannabis factory rumbled PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The 40-year-old was the 'gardener' of a £165,000 cannabis factory in Devon
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A homeless Vietnamese immigrant from Birmingham is expected to be deported for a second time after he was caught running a £165,000 cannabis factory in exchange for food and a roof over his head. Chinh Nguyen was thrown out of Britain ten years ago after being convicted of growing drugs in Wales. But he was smuggled back into the country across the English Channel last year. Nguyen moved to Birmingham after the Home Office released him from a detention centre and gave him temporary permission to remain in Britain. He had nowhere to live and was surviving through the charity of the local Vietnamese community while sleeping on the streets. A court heard how Nguyen was tempted by an offer to provide him with housing and free food and he agreed to look after a 200-plant cannabis grow in Devon which was already up and running. Read more - Dudley man launched 'biting and punching' attack on policeman and strangers Police raided the building in Abbotsbury Road, Newton Abbot, last month and found a sophisticated high-tech hydroponic operation with healthy plants, which were just days away from being harvested. There were 100 plants in two growing areas which had round-the-clock lighting, by-passing the meter. Nguyen told police he had been offered food and a roof over his head when he was living rough on the streets of Birmingham in June this year. He said he watered the plants once or twice a week and followed orders from the main organiser, who was not caught. Exeter Crown Court (Image: BPM MEDIA) The defendant is expected to be deported to Vietnam once again when he completes the one-year jail sentence which he received at Exeter Crown Court. He previously served two years, eight months after being jailed at Swansea Crown Court in 2010 and was deported in 2012 on his release. He returned to Britain illegally on July 12, 2021. Nguyen, aged 40, of no fixed address, admitted the cultivation of cannabis and was jailed for 12 months by Judge Peter Johnson.
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. "The sale of the plants would have realised substantial sums of money. This was a relatively sophisticated operation with specialist equipment and which involved the by-passing of the electricity supply. I suspect your experience from Wales all those years ago made you a good gardener.” Miss Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said the property was raided in early July and 200 plants seized which would have produced between 5.9 and 21.4 kilos worth up to £165,000 if sold in street deals. Nguyen told police he had been brought to Devon by the offer of free food and accommodation and had watered the plants once or twice a week and never left the house. Mr Paul Dentith, defending, said Nguyen had been released by the Home Office with nowhere to live and was unable to work or claim benefits because of his immigration status. He was living rough in Birmingham and being supported by donations from the local Vietnamese community, who had given him the £171 cash which was found on him in Devon. He had been exploited because he was desperate to get off the streets and needed a roof over his head, Mr Dentith said. He was told that if he would not be able to return if he left the building. Nguyen now plans to return to his family in Vietnam when he is released. Read more: Jail sentence for drunk man who attacked police at railway station Thug threatened taxi driver at knifepoint and 'bizarrely' demanded he took him to police custody suite Out of control drunk yob bit part of man's ear off at Solihull pub wake Cruel trio jailed for cropping puppies' ears Man who blinded girlfriend by gouging eyes out as he said 'you'll never see your kids again' denied parole
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