Pair jailed for growing €400,000 of cannabis
Two Chinese men have been jailed for their roles in a €400,000 cannabis grow-house operation, writes Fiona Ferguson.
The men had been living in basic conditions in a warehouse for weeks where they tended to 1,000 plants. They had been told they were going to get a wage but were never paid.
Neng Wen Zheng (39) and He Xue Ji (29), both of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to cultivation of cannabis without a licence at Unit 70, Cookstown Industrial Estate, on March 2, 2012.
Judge Martin Nolan said the pair were "economic migrants who had come to Europe to make their fortune but had been preyed upon by other members of their community".
He jailed both for two-and-a-half years and backdated their sentence to their arrest date.
Both men have been in custody for eight months.