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In a recent court case, it was revealed that a Vietnamese man, Dan Dang, paid smugglers a sum of £35,000 to traffic him into the UK. Subsequently, Dang was discovered working in a cannabis farm within a residence in Swansea.

Despite claiming that he initially believed the plants were medicinal, the prosecution argued that Dang had been coerced into working at the cannabis operation under threats to harm his family in Vietnam. According to the proceedings at Swansea Crown Court, a police search on December 21 last year uncovered a house in Townhill Road, Swansea, converted into “grow rooms” for cultivating cannabis.

The property featured makeshift power cables and living quarters, with 166 cannabis plants seized, estimated to have a potential yield of up to £70,000. The search also revealed £9,500 in cash, three mobile phones, bank cards, and two small gold bars. Dan Dang was the sole individual present in the house during the raid, told Wales Online.

During the investigation, Dang confessed to entering the UK illegally in 2015, intending to work in restaurants to support his family. He maintained that he initially thought the cannabis was medicine but later faced threats against his family’s safety if he refused to work on the plantation. Dang acknowledged responsibility for topping up credits on the mobile phones found at the site, emphasizing that the gold bars were already present when he began working there.

Dan Dang, who pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, was sentenced to eight months in prison, taking into account a discount for his guilty plea. With no prior convictions, Dang expressed a desire to return to Vietnam and had already been served with deportation papers. The court ordered the forfeiture of the money and gold bars discovered at the cannabis farm.

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