Vietnamese man charged after ‘sophisticated’ cannabis factory is raided in Mansfield

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A VIETNAMESE man has been charged after a large cannabis factory was uncovered at a house in Mansfield yesterday (Tuesday 15th May).

Vantien Pham has been charged with production of cannabis after police raided an address on Newport Crescent and discovered around 400 plants.

The drugs, which will now be destroyed, are thought to have an estimated street value of more than £200,000.

He has also been charged with production of cannabis relating to another incident in Bromley, London, in June 2010.

The 20-year-old, of no fixed abode, remains in custody and will appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday 16th May).

Sgt Dean Dakin said: “This discovery shows just how important it is for the public to report any signs of suspicious activity where they live.

“On this occasion we found a sophisticated cannabis grow consisting of hundreds of plants.

“Drugs destroy lives and Nottinghamshire Police is committed to ridding our communities of illegal substances.

“I would urge anyone who has information about cannabis cultivation, or spots any suspicious activity, to tell us about it so we can deal with it immediately.”

Anyone with information about drugs production or supply where they live should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.