A Vietnamese man has been jailed in the UK for involving in a cannabis production estimated to be worth around £2.8 million (nearly US$4 million).
Pham Tuan, 28, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison earlier this month and will be deported back to Vietnam upon release, local media reported.
Tuan was arrested after police in Kent in southeast England found more than 6,000 cannabis plants inside a deserted building in August 2013.
Experts estimated the cannabis had a potential street value of nearly £2.8 million but if previous crops are taken into account, the money could be up to three times higher.
A senior investigating officer said, as cited by Kent Police news website, that “Pham Tuan was a key player in a major drug supply operation.”
“We have a zero tolerance approach to drugs and I am pleased Tuan will never again be able to grow cannabis plants within the UK,” he said.
Last month, three Vietnamese men also received jail terms of up to two years each in the UK after they were caught at a cannabis farm with more than 2,000 plants, which could have been sold for up to $2.12 million.