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Drugs factory man is jailed

A Chinese man who cannot go home because of political persecution has been jailed for three years for his involvement in a cannabis factory.

Chang Jin Yu (28), of no fixed abode, was found with another Chinese man in an industrial unit that had been converted into an "elaborate" growing factory involving irrigation systems, extractor fans and specially installed heat lamps.

Garda Paul Williams told prosecuting counsel Damien Colgan that gardai found 277 potted plants and 385 harvested plants with a total estimated street value of €264,800.

Chang and the other man He Cao (33) both pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Jamestown Industrial Park, Jamestown, Dublin on April 8, 2011.

Shop to save €250k on rent

A DRY cleaners, which asked the Circuit Civil Court to fix a new rent for its store at Superquinn's Knocklyon Shopping Centre, will save almost €250,000 in rental payments over the 20-year term of a new lease.

Mr Justice Matthew Deery, told Conor Feeney, counsel for Superquinn Ltd, he would fix the new rent at Paschal McMahon's shop at €21,000 a year, a saving of €12,400 per annum to Mr McMahon, of Woodfield Estate, Knocklyon, Dublin.

Cee Lo set for Vegas show

Singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green says his semi-permanent show launching in Las Vegas will feature showgirls, pyrotechnics and other over-the-top touches.

The 37-year-old, most recently known for his Grammy-winning 2010 single Forget You, says he'll launch the residency on August 29 at Planet Hollywood.

Death row man to be set free

A mentally disabled man who spent nearly 30 years on South Carolina's death row will go free under a plea deal.

Edward Lee Elmore pleaded guilty yesterday to murder in the stabbing death of Dorothy Edwards, a widow he worked for as a handyman. His attorney says he is innocent, but he pleaded guilty because he wants to be released.