Lam Nguyen Viet ran cannabis production warehouse in Sheffield.
It was the biggest drug bust when South Yorkshire police raided an industrial area warehouse on Kettlebridge Road, Attercliffe, Sheffield, where they found about 5,000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £4.2 million. The raid secured the conviction of Lam Nguyen Viet.
The police acted on an anonymous tip-off to raid the cannabis factory and arrest 28-year old Viet, who is of no fixed abode. Viet was a gang member of the drug cartel that set a production plant in Sheffield.
“This was a substantial seizure of cannabis with a street value in the millions and this prosecution highlights South Yorkshire Police’s continued efforts to tackle organised crime. The huge amount of cannabis we recovered has been destroyed and this police operation has undoubtedly rid the streets of South Yorkshire of a significant amount of drugs,” said PC Richard Stump, the leader of the South Yorkshire Police investigation team that worked on the case.
PC Stump further said that Viet was “part of an organised gang that operated throughout the country.”
During court trial, Viet pleaded guilty producing cannabis. He also admitted to setting up “production dens” in Leeds and Southampton. The property where he was arrested in 2014 in Southampton was described as facility that was “in the early stages of a commercial cannabis factory.”
The court heard that police investigations, culminating from an anonymous tip-off in October 2013, led to the discovery of the cannabis “factory”. The anonymous reports highlighted the strong smell of cannabis that came from the property.