Illegal immigrant jailed for part in cannabis farm in Boston
AN ILLEGAL immigrant arrested after police raided a cannabis farm in Boston has been jailed for eight months at Lincoln Crown Court.
Tuan Tran was detained after officers carried out a search of a property in Brewster Road in the town.
Robert Underwood, prosecuting, said more than 60 cannabis plants were found in the upstairs bedrooms of the property.
The plants had recently been cropped and eight black sacks full of cannabis cuttings and unused leaves were found on the premises.
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Tran gave a false name but his true identity was discovered after police checked his fingerprints.
He was then linked to a second cannabis farm discovered six months earlier at a house in Woodside, Boston.
The house was unoccupied when officers entered and found 70 cannabis plants growing in bedrooms. A hydroponic system had been set up in the property to assist the growth of the cannabis and the mains electricity had been bypassed.
Tran's fingerprints were found on a light fitting but he was not traced until being arrested in December at the Brewster Road address.
Tran, 21, of no fixed address, admitted two charges of unlawful production of cannabis on June 12, 2012 and December 20, 2012.
Sacha Waxman, defending, said Tran had arrived in the UK illegally from Vietnam back in 2011 and was detained in an immigration centre for four months before being released.
She said Tran went to stay with a Vietnamese family in Hackney, East London who gave him accommodation and food in lieu of wages.
Tran was transported to the first house and spent a couple of days working there before being returned to London.
He was subsequently taken back to Boston and had been working at the Brewster Road property for 10 days when police arrived.
Miss Waxman said: "He was a gardener. He had no proprietary interest in the cannabis and was not going to benefit from its production. He has been exploited by the people he trusted."