Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

A VIET­NAMESE man has been jailed for help­ing to grow a drugs farm worth up to £820,000 on Ch­ester­gate. Hung Tran, 23 – who worked as a farmer in his home­land – was locked up for 10 months after po­lice found 700 plants in a build­ing that had pre­vi­ously been home to the Rap­ture shop dur­ing a raid in May.

Ch­ester Crown Court heard the op­er­a­tion had fans and lamps op­er­at­ing day and night – us­ing elec­tric­ity stolen from neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties to­talling £42,000. Tran, of no fixed abode, was caught by of­fi­cers flee­ing the prop­erty. He pleaded guilty to pro­duc­ing cannabis. Roger Bad­man, de­fend­ing Tran, said that although the op­er­a­tion had been in place for “some con­sid­er­able time” the de­fen­dant had only been in­volved for two nights be­fore it was raided.

Tran was told he could be deported be­fore his sen­tence is up.

Mr Bad­man said Tran was of pre­vi­ous good character and was anx­ious to re­turn to Viet­nam.

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