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Cannabis farm run by illegal immigrant

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 28, 2012

Exeter Crown Court

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An illegal immigrant who was found running a cannabis farm is to be deported rather than jailed so taxpayers do not have to keep him.

Huyen Tran, 31, who speaks no English, will be put on a plane back to Vietnam on Monday after a judge gave him a token sentence of just one day.

Tran was arrested at a makeshift cannabis factory after a shocked buy-to-let owner in Exeter checked his property and found it had been kitted out with heaters, lights and other growing equipment.

Tran, of Oystermouth Road, Swansea, admitted producing cannabis and was jailed for a day by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

Tran is already serving a 12-month jail sentence passed in June at Swansea, and is due to be released and deported on Monday. Judge Gilbert said: "It seems to me the public interest is best served by passing a sentence of one day so he can deported on Monday rather than serving another sentence."

Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Tran was acting as a gardener and looking after the drugs at a rented house in Monks Road, Exeter, when the owner discovered the operation and called the police.

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