Man admits producing cannabis in Boston home

A CANNABIS farm was discovered when police staged a raid on a Boston house, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Officers found 80 plants growing in the property at Oxford Street in the town after carrying out the search on August, 2, this year.

Christopher Geeson, prosecuting, said that the occupant Toan Nguyen was arrested and went on to admit he had been looking after the plants for the previous five weeks.

He said: “He was a gardener and clearly there must have been other people involved.

“He said he arrived in the United Kingdom illegally from Vietnam about four years ago.

“He had been working at the house for the previous five weeks tending the plants. He had been promised money but received nothing.”

Nguyen, 47, of Oxford Street, Boston, admitted a charge of producing cannabis on August 2. He was jailed for 16 months and will be deported after serving his sentence.

On Friday, recorder Richard Hedley told him “I am satisfied that you were motivated by financial gain even if this did not actually result in any gain for you.

“You were performing a limited function and that was under direction and you were involved because others were exploiting you.”

Mark Knowles, defending, said Nguyen came to the UK hoping to earn money to support his family back in Vietnam.

She added: “He was promised the world when he was brought over but he got nothing.

“He has not been able to send money back home. He was in a Catch-22 situation. He couldn’t go home because he could not afford the fare. He is anxious to go back to Vietnam as soon as possible and welcomes deportation.”