A drugs gang ran a £750,000 cannabis racket from a number of respectable streets in Hull.
Ringleader Tuan Nguyen, 26, rented out properties on Park Avenue, Worthing Street, Sidmouth Street, Grove Street and Prince’s Road, all in west Hull, Beverley Road, in north Hull and Nashcourt, in Orchard Park.
Illegal immigrants were moved into the network of drug growing houses and worked as “gardeners” to cultivate cannabis plants.
Each property was stripped out and equipped with expensive equipment, including ventilation and lighting, which was powered through modifications to the houses’ electrics.
The drugs were then taken to a central warehouse on Peel Street, west Hull, from which they were transported and sold across the UK. Members of the gang were caught by Operation Dill, an investigation by Humberside Police’s Major Crime Unit, which began in May 2009. Once all the properties had been identified by police, Nguyen, known locally as Tony, was arrested at an address in Newcastle, where utility bills for all the houses were found.
Nguyen’s leadership role was helped by his knowledge of English.