Cannabis drugs gang jailed for 25 years
Three men who produced cannabis on a massive scale at numerous premises around the country which was netting the gang an estimated £50 million per annum have today been jailed for a total of 25 years and six months at Birmingham Crown Court.
Darryl Saund, aged 31 and from Shirley, Birmingham and Cuong Pham, 29, were both found guilty last week at Stafford Crown Court of conspiracy to produce a controlled drug. A third man, 51-year-old Nirmal Saund from Walsall pleaded guilty to the same offence at an earlier hearing.
The gang used 19 premises in Birmingham, Daventry, Higham Ferrers, Loughborough, Leicester, Lutterworth, Mansfield, Telford, Sheffield, Doncaster, Newport, North Walsham and Nuneaton to grow and harvest cannabis plants.
They recruited mainly Vietnamese nationals to manage the cannabis factories and some who also acted as gardeners tending for the cannabis plants.
Following a West Midlands Police investigation, the premises were raided and the drugs seized. The defendants were subsequently arrested and charged.
Nirmal Saund pleaded guilty on 16 October 2014 to conspiracy to produce a controlled drug and jailed today to 10 years and six months. Darryl Saund was sentenced to nine years and Cuong Pham to six years.
Warren Stanier, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service’s Complex Casework Unit, said: “This was organised criminal activity on an industrial scale run like a business by Nirmal Saund, his nephew Darryl Saund and their associate Cuong Pham.
“They registered multiple businesses in order to lease commercial premises around the country which they then used to grow cannabis plants.
“It was a multimillion pound enterprise, which involved significant outlay in setting up numerous cannabis factories and generated enormous returns.
“We are now working with the police to trace and recover the proceeds of their crimes.”