FOUR men have been jailed following the discovery of a cannabis farm with an estimated annual yield of £4m. 

The cannabis farm - containing 1,000 plants and seedlings - was found at a property in Loughrigg Avenue, Clinkham Wood on March 30.

Liverpool Crown Court heard there were reports of suspicious activity involving two vans in the area. 

Today (Friday) four men were sentenced after pleading guilty to cultivation of cannabis. 

• Hung Van Lee, 30, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 10 months in prison 

• Le Vaiz Huang, 26, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 10 months in prison 

• Pham Ducanh, 25, of no fixed address was sentenced to one year in prison 

• Giang Hoang, 38, of Webb Street, Liverpool, was sentenced to one year in prison 

Detective Inspector Steve Ball said: “This was a large-scale cannabis farm and thankfully, the discovery means that drugs with a potential worth of £4m will no longer make it to our streets. 

“The cultivation of cannabis is linked to criminal gangs who will use violence
 to protect their crops from rivals and coerce vulnerable people into running them for them. 

“This can bring other crime into communities where farms are prevalent and the use of weapons such as firearms.

“Our communities can help us stop these gangs, who are only interested in making money, from turning properties like this one into potential death traps.

“Nobody wants to live next door to these places and we would ask that if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up. 

“It is therefore in everyone’s interests to help the police rid communities of cannabis farms by sharing suspicions and information with us.

“Landlords and neighbours who see suspicious comings and goings, smell pungent organic smells, see windows covered over and never opened – these are all signs that a cannabis farm may be inside and if you tell us your suspicions, the police can and will take decisive action.” 

Anyone with information about cannabis cultivation can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK.