A chip shop worker who took part in a skunk cannabis factory plot has been ordered to sell his home in Northampton after being stripped of his ill-gotten gains.
Vietnamese born Lenh Nguyen, aged 48, of Great Gull Close, was one of three Vietnamese men from Northampton caught in Exeter, Devon, after police found a sophisticated growing operation at a disused industrial unit.
They were caught with a huge haul of cannabis in a Transit which chip shop worker Nguyen had hired to drive them from Northampton to Devon.
The other two Vietnamese men both had previous convictions for running cannabis farms and a search of their home in Norman Road, Northampton, revealed a huge stock of growing equipment.
There were enough lights and fans to set up 20 growing rooms and a foil lined nursery had been built in the loft but not yet put into use.
The trio recruited a local cleaning company boss in Exeter who secured the keys to the derelict unit where they set up the sophisticated growing operation.
Nguyen was jailed for four years in December 2011 for his part in the plot and taken back to the same court when the police applied under the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize the profits he is thought to have made from his involvement.
Judge Erik Salomonsen ruled that Nguyen should pay back £31,500. He did not oppose the order.
The gang was sentenced to a total of 18-and-a-half years in prison.