Judge warns men guilty of growing cannabis worth £1.2 million in Grantham to expect long jail sentences

Police Raid on factory unit, London Road. 879C
Police Raid on factory unit, London Road. 879C
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Two Vietnamese men face long prison sentences after they admitted producing cannabis at a Grantham warehouse where police found plants with a potential street value of £1.2million.

Linh Mai Le, 33, and Tra Thank Hoang, 35, were arrested after officers raided two large sheds in Spring Gardens, off London Road, on January 10 this year.

Lincolnshire Police said 2,000 cannabis plants with a street value of £1.2 million were found during the search.

After the raid, Inspector Gary Stewart said: “A significant amount of drugs have been taken off the streets and will now be destroyed. We hope this demonstrates our commitment to tackling drugs and organised crime in Grantham.”

Le, also known as Nam Van Le, and Hoang, both of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to a charge of producing a Class B drug when they appeared at Lincoln Crown Court.

The production of the cannabis occurred between November 1 last year and January 10, 2013, the court was told.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, asked for sentence of the two men to be adjourned for the police to continue their investigations into other suspects thought to be involved with the cannabis factory.

Judge Sean Morris remanded both men in to custody until April 12 when they will be sentenced.

Judge Morris said: “Cannabis growing by Vietnamese gangs in this country is a major problem. No stone should be left unturned in the police investigation.

“These two defendants will be given credit for their early guilty pleas but a long sentence is inevitable as this is industrial scale production.”