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Women jailed after police uncover Leeds cannabis factory

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Two women have been handed prison sentences totalling five-and-a-half years for cultivating cannabis at a premises in Leeds.

Police discovered nearly 400 plants – with a street value of almost £54,000 – growing in the terraced property at the junction of Roundhay Road and Gathorne Street.

Officers had been called in the early hours of Boxing Day last year, following reports from neighbours about the distinctive smell of the drug emanating from the address. Concerns grew when a group of men were seen loading large bags into a car outside the house.

Two women were detained at the scene and a further search uncovered hydroponic growing equipment and the cannabis crop itself.

White reflective sheets were being used to block out all natural light, while a sophisticated system of electric fans was used extract the air out through the chimney.

Chi Binh Houng, 48, who was found sitting in a vehicle outside the address, was convicted of producing cannabis and jailed for four years. Nsung Pham, 32, was found guilty of the same offence and received an 18 month sentence.

Det Insp Anthony Scopelliti, from the Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: “This is another really good example of a public-spirited individual helping us to tackle organised criminals who are growing cannabis on an industrial scale in our communities.

“It is an excellent result that this set-up was discovered before the drug could end up on the street.”

Lester Morrill’s criminal law team has a wealth of experience representing those charged with a range of drugs offences. For more details about how our Leeds-based solicitors can help you, please contact us.