A RURAL Vietnamese farmer has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for acting as a gardener in a cannabis grow house in Dublin city.
Dien Bui (65) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to cultivation of cannabis at Collins Avenue, Killester, on March 28, 2012. He has been in custody since his arrest.
Judge Martin Nolan noted that the potential value of the plants if they had been ready for harvesting was €80,000. He imposed a two-year sentence backdated to Bui’s arrest.
Garda Nicola Connolly told Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, that Bui was the only person present when gardai searched the house and found two rooms upstairs containing a total of 190 cannabis plants at various growth stages and 10 seedlings.
Gda Connolly said the plants were not yet ready for harvesting. Gardai also found transformers, heating equipment, plant food and weighing scales.
Bui outlined to gardai that his role was to act as a gardener for which he was to be paid a small amount of money. He told gardai he was not the organiser.
Sean Gillane SC, defending, said Bui had come here in 2009 and overextended his stay, then become involved in this operation and is now here illegally.
He said Bui literally came before the court with the clothes on his back and nothing else. He said no one had enquired about his situation since he has been in custody.
Mr Gillane added Bui is married with two young children and has little English.