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Vietnamese man jailed after leading police to his cannabis factory in north Belfast

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Vietnamese national led police to an upstairs cannabis factory after they called at his north Belfast home on an unrelated matter, a court has heard.

When officers called at Guangren Xiang's Mount Coole Park home in relation to a driving offence on May 4 last year, police had trouble communicating with the 60-year-old as he was not able to speak English.

Belfast Crown Court heard that after around half an hour of attempted communication, Xiang took police upstairs and "showed them a cannabis factory".

A crown prosecutor said a total of 123 plants were being grown, and a number of heat lamps and other equipment were also located.

Telling the court "police were able to see quickly that the electricity had been bypassed as well", the prosecutor said Xiang was arrested and "made full admissions from the very outset".

Xiang - who was born in Vietnam, lived in China and came to the UK legally in 2013 - was sentenced to 30 months.

Half will be served in prison, half on licence.

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