Chinese cannabis gang sent to prison

A Chinese gang who set up one of Norfolk's biggest cannabis factories was sent to prison today.The six men and two women received sentences totalling 22 years - but the judge said he would have liked to send them to prison for longer.

A Chinese gang who set up one of Norfolk's biggest cannabis factories was sent to prison today.

The six men and two women received sentences totalling 22 years - but the judge said he would have liked to send them to prison for longer.

Judge Peter Jacobs said that the 10 houses in suburbs of Norwich which were rented out and turned into cannabis factories contained drugs with a street value of £1.5m. But he said he was unable to impose a sentence that would be a real deterrent to others.

Shuang Cao, 25, of Robson Road, who may have been the ringleader of the gang, received a four and a half year sentence, while her boyfriend Shen Chow, 28, also of Robson Road, received three years.


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Yan Fu Zhang, 28, and his girlfriend Jin Chen, 23, of Robson Road, West Earlham, who were convicted on Monday of a conspiracy to produce and supply cannabis, were sentenced to four-and-a-half years and three years and three months respectively - sentences which would have been shorter if they had admitted the offence. The other six had all pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Twins Guo Ren Chen, of Hassocks, West Sussex, and Guo Fa Chen, from Earlham Grove, Earlham, both 38, were sentenced to 18 months and two-and-a-half years, and brothers Xing Lin, 25, and Guang Lin, 27, of Howlett Drive, Bowthorpe, were given 15 months and two years and three months.

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