brotherTrung Pham was sentenced to three years in prison after the police raided Woodland Castle in Somerset and found a large number of cannabis plants.
On December 8, the jury of the Tauton Court in Somerset, southwest England, found the 40-year-old Trung Pham guilty of participating in a cannabis production line and was sentenced to three years in prison. Pham has a criminal record of producing marijuana in East Anglia. Served one year in prison and was released in February. The defendant has no fixed residence.
The judge announced that Fan will serve half of his sentence. After his release from prison, the immigration authorities will investigate the Vietnamese man’s illegal residence status in the UK.
Police raided Woodland Castle in Taunton in June and discovered that it was a huge cannabis cultivation facility. Most of the rooms in the building are used to grow cannabis. Trung Pham and two other Vietnamese were arrested at the scene.
Fan ate and slept in the castle, and refused to answer police questions when he was arrested, saying that he was forced to come to the UK because of business failure and debts to gangsters. He used to work in a restaurant in London’s Chinatown and was sent to a farm in Norfolk.
Pham testified that he was kidnapped and his family was threatened. He didn’t know where he was and was forced to cook and clean in the castle. Pham tried to escape but was beaten by security. Pham is very worried about himself and his family. However, after cross-examination by the authorities, Fan admitted that he could use his mobile phone, but did not call the police for help.
Woodlands Castle is a popular wedding venue in Tauton, owned by Baron Benjamin Slade. This person has not been charged. Prosecutor Susan Caosystem said that when the police raided the castle, the entrance was chained and surrounded by metal fences.
The corridors of this house are full of land, equipped with special lighting equipment and other expensive cannabis planting equipment. It has 547 lights, nearly 2,000 potted plants, and land valued at more than US$10,000.
An expert said that this is the largest hemp farm he has seen since working in Somerset for many years. These drugs are worth approximately 1.4 million pounds (1.84 million US dollars).
Hong Han (follow Somerset Live)