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Cannabis factory woman gets three years' jail

A WOMAN has been jailed for three years for assisting in a sophisticated €360,000 "cannabis factory".

Vietnamese national Thi Tran Huyen (35) was caught fleeing from a house which contained 410 cannabis plants and €170,000 in harvested cannabis.

Four of the bedrooms had been converted to grow the drug and a new electrical system had been installed to handle the lighting and heat required.

Huyen, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis at Mount Anville Wood, Stillorgan, on July 26, 2010. She was living in the house at the time.

Judge Martin Nolan commented that Huyen must have been aware of the operation but said it was clear she was making little profit from it for herself. He sentenced her to three years, backdated to her arrest last year.

The court heard Huyen came to Ireland illegally and has two children in Vietnam.