South Australia court sentences 4 men for combined 30 years for their part in $10 million cannabis operation – all were just “employed” growers

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.

SuburbCannabis PlantsDried Cannabis/ Money
Ovingham90 cannabis plants
Hectorville222 cannabis plants
Klemzig 183 cannabis plants
Modbury Heights90 cannabis plants
Gulf View Heights100 cannabis plants423 grams of dried cannabis
Beulah Park80 cannabis plants69 grams of dried cannabis
Linden Park152 cannabis plants44.5 kilograms of cannabis
Salisbury Heights109 cannabis plants
Flinders Park268 cannabis plants106 grams of dried cannabis
Waterloo Corner346 cannabis plants$24,700 in cash
Angle Vale26.5 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

South Australia court sentences four men for $10 million cannabis operation

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