Two smugglers receive matching 11-year sentences in separate cannabis cases

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Separate 11-year, cannabis-related sentences have been handed down in the U.K., one centering on using migrants to illegally grow marijuana and the other involving messaging apps to smuggle inside an estimated 1.8 million worth of weed. Tuan Anh Do, 55, received an 11-year sentence on Mar. 8 after earlier being convicted of conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration and two counts of conspiring to produce Class B drugs, which includes cannabis , following a trial in 2018 and another in 2019, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA). Do was arrested and later charged following an undercover NCA investigation. Report: Illegal migrants are being trafficked in the U.K., forced to work on cannabis farms People in the UK are using the Royal Mail to distribute pot but this smart-nosed dog is busting them out Massive raid takes out illegal mail order weed ring that supplied nine states “At one point, Do spoke directly to an NCA undercover officer regarding a proposal to smuggle migrants to the U.K.,” the NCA statement notes. The probe determined that the accused had organized a number of cannabis grows throughout the northwest of England and was working with other criminals in the area to smuggle migrants from France into the U.K. to work on the farms. During Do’s 2017 arrest at the restaurant that he ran, investigators found a piece of paper with a proposed pick-up location for migrants in Belgium, a substantial amount of cannabis in his car and another address in Accrington, which turned out to be an illegal cannabis farm. “Put simply, people smugglers put lives at risk. They see migrants as a commodity to be profited from, and have no care for the safety of those they move,” NCA operations manager Jon Sayers says in the statement. Mark Vella, 57, who was…

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