A CANNABIS factory in a house in Burton was being ‘minded’ by an illegal immigrant from Vietnam, a court heard.
The production set up of 300 plants at a house in Victoria Street was discovered by the landlord after weeks of being ‘fobbed off’ by her tenant from inspecting the premises.
Shokat Mohammed, together with the owner Aureen Mahmood, went to the house.
They were unable to get in and they decided to call the police, said Robert Edwards, prosecuting.
Mr Mohammed went round the back, saw a man climbing out of the garden and detained him until officers arrived.
The suspect, Nighi Vo, was an illegal Vietnamese immigrant.
Inside the house, three upstairs bedrooms had been converted in to a ‘cannabis factory’.
When questioned, Vo said he had met a man in London offering him somewhere to sleep. He was taken to Burton and instructed to tend the plants.
Mr Edwards said Ms Mahmood had rented out her house in April this year, with Mr Mohammed overseeing the agreement.
He went to the house several times to make checks, but was only permitted to inspect the downstairs area.
He made further attempts to inspect the whole house, but felt he was being ‘fobbed off’ by the tenant.
Vo, 27, of no fixed address, who admitted being concerned in the production of cannabis, was jailed for eight months.
Darron Whitehead, defending, said Vo had been taken from his family at the age of 15 to China to work 18 hours a day.
“He was then taken to Russia and forced to work in the forests until after three years he escaped.
“He came to the UK not only for a better life, but also to get medical treatment.
“He doesn’t want to go back to Vietnam – the gang who took him are still there.”