Pondering Pot (Australia) reports
A South Australian court has sentenced four men to a combined 30 years in prison over their role in a $10 million cannabis operation.
Thanh Chi Nguyen, Hoang Tran, Hai Ngoc Nguyen, and Xuan Bing Tran all faced court on June 4th. All four men are Vietnamese nationals who came to Australia for education and work. They were each individually recruited into a large-scale drug syndicate that grew cannabis across ten Adelaide rental properties.
South Australia police raided each of the ten grow houses between February 2018 and September 2019. In total, police seized over 1,640 cannabis plants valued at over $10 million. Police also seized $72,065 in cash and 71 kilograms of dried cannabis. The dried cannabis would be worth at least $710,000 on the black market.
You can see the proceeds of the raids below.
|Suburb||Cannabis Plants||Dried Cannabis/ Money|
|Ovingham||90 cannabis plants|
|Hectorville||222 cannabis plants|
|Klemzig||183 cannabis plants|
|Modbury Heights||90 cannabis plants|
|Gulf View Heights||100 cannabis plants||423 grams of dried cannabis|
|Beulah Park||80 cannabis plants||69 grams of dried cannabis|
|Linden Park||152 cannabis plants||44.5 kilograms of cannabis|
|Salisbury Heights||109 cannabis plants|
|Flinders Park||268 cannabis plants||106 grams of dried cannabis|
|Waterloo Corner||346 cannabis plants||$24,700 in cash|
|Angle Vale||26.5 kilograms of cannabis & $27,365 in cash|
|Renown Park||$20,000 in cash|
While the four men were all given prison time, District Court Judge Joanne Tracey stated that the cannabis operation was run by “bigger bosses.” The stories of the four men follow.
Read more about the sentenced individuals at PP