A man has been sentenced after police uncovered one of Lincolnshire’s largest-ever cannabis factories in a quiet village. Around 6,000 cannabis plants were found at the former King Road Tyres site, in Station Road, Hubberts Bridge, after a warrant was carried out on January 31 this year.
Police say the plants were located in separate rooms, over three floors, with the majority of the disused warehouse designated for the plants. Nearby residents were left in disbelief at the discovery. Three men were initially arrested and two of them faced no further action. The third man – 43-year-old Minh Nguyen – appeared at Lincoln Crown Court this week charged with the production of cannabis.
Following a four-day trial, Nguyen, of no fixed address, was found guilty. He was given a two-year sentence. During interview, Nguyen had claimed that he had been approached by two men while he was living on the streets in Birmingham. He said the men offered him food and a safe place.
Nguyen then said he fell asleep but awoke at the warehouse in Hubberts Bridge. Claims that he was a victim of modern day slavery were rejected during the course of the trial.
Detective Constable Kerry Kinroy said: “This is one of the largest grows we have discovered in Lincolnshire and follows an excellent development of intelligence. We rely on the public to inform us of any concerns they have in relation to suspected cannabis grows –and this information can sometimes prove crucial.
“It’s really important to state that cannabis production is far from harmless: It is often linked to wider, organised criminality which is why tackling the wider issues of drug supply is one of our Force’s key priorities.
“We remain determined to crack down on criminal enterprises and remove drugs from circulation. I hope the outcome of this case shows that drugs in our county will not be tolerated.”