Man, 18, jailed for involvement in cannabis factory

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A man who helped grow more than 1,000 cannabis plants at a house in Long Melford has been jailed.

Sentencing Hung Tran, 18, to two years imprisonment, Judge Rupert Overbury said he would be deported from the UK on his release from prison.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Thursday how concerned neighbours had contacted police after seeing piles of compost being moved about by the occupants of a rented house in Withindale Lane last June.

When officers searched the property on June 21, they discovered that five rooms had been turned into a professional cannabis factory.

Prosecutor Lynne Shirley said 1,304 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation were found, together with lighting and ventilating equipment.

Tran, of Mill House, Long Melford, pleaded guilty to a charge of production of an illegal drug. Cannabis is recorded as a class B drug.

The court heard that Tran had a previous conviction for involvement in a similar offence.

Jailing him, Judge Overbury told Tran there had been no reason for him to turn to drug production.

“The authorities in this country gave you every opportunity to lead a law-abiding life and you chose not do so,” he said.

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