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Vietnamese man charged after number of cannabis plants found in Derby house rises to nearly 300

Posted on 27th March 2018
Stanton Street Cannabis Grow3

Yesterday we told you about our Normanton Safer Neighbourhood Team finding a large number of cannabis plants in a house on Stanton Street, Derby. 

This morning we can update you that the person arrested was 23-year-old, Van Huu Nguyen, a Vietnamese national of no fixed abode. He has now been charged with the production of a class B drug, namely cannabis and is appearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today, Tuesday, March 27. 

We now also know that the number of plants was much higher than initially thought, with the number growing in the house thought to be nearer 300. 

Sergeant Graham Dent, who is in charge of the team, said: “The size of the grow is much larger than we first thought and we have now counted nearly 300 plants. 

“The team are still at the house today preserving evidence and working with other agencies to safely dismantle the equipment used in the process. 

“Once the person arrested at the house was brought in to custody we were able to confirm his identity and age, he has now been charged with an offence and will be appearing at court this morning. We have also been liaising with the UK Immigration Services regarding Mr Nguyen’s status in the UK. 

“Although we have charged a man with an offence this is not the end of the investigation as we strongly believe others were involved. We would ask that if anybody has information about this incident that they make contact with us. 

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