These are the Vietnamese gang members jailed for 35 years after turning dozens of Lancashire homes into cannabis farms

A Vietnamese gang has been jailed for 35 years after running a Lancashire cannabis farm operation worth £1million.

Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 12:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th December 2018, 8:50 am
A vast network of homes have been used across Lancashire to grow cannabis.

The gang used false identities and fraudulent documents to rent dozens of homes in Preston and Blackpool before turning them into cannabis farms.

‘Gardeners’ would then be employed to visit the homes and tend the lucrative crops.

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A vast network of homes have been used across Lancashire to grow cannabis.
Members of the gang, who made hundreds of thousands of pounds from the drug network,have been jailed for over 35 years
The enterprise was overseen by Jack Nguyen and Trang Nguyen, who were helped by Hoai Nguyen and Thanh Thi Nguyen, Jacks girlfriend.
The two couplesrented thehomes and madethemselves attractive to landlords by posing as a couple with a baby on the way.
They tried to avoid leaving a trail of evidence by using false names and false documentation and always paid deposits in cash.
A total of 21 properties were rented across Lancashire, including in Preston, Blackpool, Burscough and Oswaldtwistle. They also rented homes a number of homes in Liverpool.
All the homes were used as cannabis farms or rented with a view to that use.
Police executed warrants in March as part of their investigation, under codename Operation Renard. They recovered cannabis valued at 1million and 250,000 in cash.
A total of sixteen members of the gang were jailed at Preston Crown Court.
DS Stu Peall, from the East Exploitation Team, said: I welcome these sentences which reflect the serious nature of the offending. This was a sophisticated organised criminal group making huge amounts of money from their operation which stretched across the north west of England.
He added: Many defendants claimed to be trafficked and some claiming to be children, all of these defences were proved to be lies and simply just a tactic used to avoid detection."
I would like to thank the jury for their careful consideration of this case, and the Crown Prosecution Service, in particular Nicky Moore, Karen Brooks and barrister Jeremy Grout Smith", said DS Stu Peall, from the East Exploitation Team.
He added: Lancashire Constabulary will continue to proactively target the production of cannabis which can have lasting physical and mental health effects on users as well as having a negative effect on our communities and fuelling other crime and we are determined to tackle that."
We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity", said DS Stu Peall.
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "I hope this sends a clear message to those who are getting involved in drug crime that the police have the resources, skills and determination to crack criminal gangs like this and bring their members to justice." "These people were responsible for running a huge criminal operation across Lancashire and beyond and I want to pay tribute to the hard work and determination of Lancashire investigators that have helped bring these people to justice. No stone is left unturned in stopping criminal gangs and tackling serious and organised crime a key part of my Police and Crime Plan.
Thang Van Nguyen, 34, of Pall Mall, Liverpool. Pleaded guilty to money laundering. Jailed for one year and five months.
Thang Van Nguyen, 34, of Pall Mall, Liverpool. Pleaded guilty to money laundering. Jailed for one year and five months.