An illegal immigrant from Vietnam who was trafficked into the UK was discovered running a cannabis factory in Daventry.

Dung Pham, 46, was found hiding inside the property in Kingsley Avenue, Daventry town centre, during a police raid in July.

Laura O’Malley, prosecuting at Northampton Crown Court, said: “At 1.40pm, eight police officers, together with an electrician, attended 27 Kingsley Avenue in order to execute a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant.

“The property was targeted as a result of information received that there was said to be suspicious activity at the address and there may be a cannabis factory.

“And when police community support officers walked past, they could smell cannabis in the vicinity and the police helicopter had got a strong heat source from that particular location, a mid-terraced property.”

Officers found Pham and a 15-year-old youth, both from Vietnam, inside the property which had been converted into a cannabis factory, with almost all the rooms partitioned off with plastic sheeting, specialist lighting and 345 plants at varying stages of growth.

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