TWO illegal Vietnamese immigrants were caught looking after a “valuable crop” of cannabis that could have been worth nearly £48,000 on the streets.
The police foiled the “professionally planned and executed” cannabis factory enterprise before it could be properly launched, a court heard.
Son Nguyen, 34, and Khoi Nguyen, 31, of no fixed address, admitted producing cannabis on February 11.
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that police were alerted after suspicions that a house was being burgled.
They forced their way inside the property in Elsenham Road, Grimsby, and found a cannabis factory.
It included 87 plants and lights, power units, plant feed and transformers.
“Police managed to nip this offence in the bud before it could take full effect,” said Mr Evans.
Khoi Nguyen was found hiding under a bed and Son Nguyen was in the loft.
The potential skunk cannabis yield was 4.79kg, with a possible street value of £47,900.
“They had been in Grimsby for a matter of three to five days before they were arrested,” said Mr Evans.
The men played a limited role and were “gardeners” but a certain amount of trust was put in them.
It was likely that they would face possible deportation back to Vietnam — but not until the end of the year because only two such “escorted” trips took place a year, said Mr Evans.
They were likely to be kept in a detention centre after their prison sentences.
Andrew Bailey, mitigating, said that Son Nguyen was not involved in setting up the cannabis factory and would not have benefitted financially.
He left Vietnam because his family owed a lot of money to