POLICE have welcomed prison sentences handed down to three Vietnamese immigrants who set up a £500,000 cannabis farm on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
The gang Phuong Van Nguyen, Vu Van Pham, both 23, and Duc Van Nguyen were jailed for a total of nine years at Teesside Crown Court on Friday.
They ran a sophisticated cannabis farm in a secluded bungalow near Elwick between May and July.
Police discovered 1,149 cannabis plants growing in all areas of the property when they raided it in early July.
Phuong Van Nguyen, of Willowbrook Road, London, who found the bungalow was jailed for four years.
Pham and Duc Van Nguyen, both of no fixed address, were each given two and a half years.
Detective Sergeant Daryll Thomlinson of Hartlepool Police said: “We are very pleased with the sentences that have been given.
“Those that deal in drugs in Hartlepool will be dealt with robustly and we would urge anyone with information on drug activity in their area to contact police.”
People can contact police on the 24 hour confidential drugs hotline on (01642) 302181.