Man remanded over £500,000 drugs find

HUGE FIND... the drug farm inside the house in Sunderland Road, South Shields.
HUGE FIND... the drug farm inside the house in Sunderland Road, South Shields.

A VIETNAMESE man accused of being behind the biggest cannabis farm found in South Tyneside has been remanded in custody.

Doung Van Nguyen was arrested on Thursday morning after police raided a house in Sunderland Road, South Shields.

The 19-year-old – who speaks no English – was found inside the three-storey Harton Village house, where more than 400 plants – worth at least £500,000 – were growing.

He appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, facing a charge of producing the Class B drug.

Kayleigh Helens, defending, told magistrates the charge had been explained to her client after his arrest but a translator would be needed for the case to progress further.