Preston and Blackpool 'cannabis empire': Woman involved in drug conspiracy must pay back £50,000
A member of a Vietnamese gang that turned dozens of Lancashire homes into cannabis farms made a £66,000 gain, according to a court.
Trang Huong Nguyen, aka Annie, 28, of Berry Street, Liverpool, was previously convicted of conspiracy to produce and supply cannabis and jailed for three years and nine months for her role in the county cannabis farm operation, said to be worth £1m.
At a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing before Burnley Crown Court, she was found to have benefitted from her crimes by £66,605.70.
The criminals, which included two couples, used false identities and fraudulent documents to rent dozens of homes in Preston and Blackpool before turning them into cannabis farms.
They rented the homes and made themselves attractive to landlords by posing as a couple with a baby on the way.
The enterprise was overseen by Jack Nguyen 28, of Webster Avenue, Bootle, who was previously jailed for seven years and four months after admitting conspiracy to produce and supply cannabis and money laundering.