Vietnamese student jailed for helping grow cannabis in Australia

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An Australian court has sentenced a Vietnamese student who was hired to water cannabis plants at a grow house to 10 months in jail, the Herald Sun reported.
Nguyen Tien Dat, 28, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis. Dat was reportedly paid A$1,000 (US$720) a day to water the illegal plants at a home outside Melbourne, according to the report.
He had traveled to Melbourne on a student visa, the report said. He then dropped out and worked at a Vietnamese restaurant.
Police surveilling the home spotted Nguyen attending the address on two occasions between July 15 and 18 last year.
Officers raided the property two days later and encountered a sophisticated hydroponics system being used to cultivate cannabis throughout the house, according to the report.
Almost 300 plants worth up to $1 million were recovered by police. Nguyen later told investigators he was brought into the operation by a man named Son whom he met at a party.
County Court Judge James Parrish was quoted as saying that Nguyen’s criminality was at the “lower end” of the scale as he was not involved in the setup or sale of the drugs, according to the report.

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