– Vietnamese crime gangs are bringing peasants from Asia to operate high tech cannabis “grow houses” in suburban Melbourne in a burgeoning drug racket.
Victoria Police figures released to the ‘Sunday Herald Sun’ reveal almost 50% of people charged with growing marijuana on a commercial scale are Vietnamese.
Organised criminals are using standover tactics to recruit poor Vietnamese illegal immigrants to act as sitters in suburban ‘grow houses’, paying them as little as $50 a week to watch the plants.
Members of the Vietnamese community in Australia – many who have overstayed visas or incurred gambling debts – are also lured into tending plants.
Police estimate each grow house can make $2 million a year, and many syndicates control dozens at a time.
So great are the profits that gangs will buy new houses in outer-suburban estates in which to grow the crops and then splurge another $30,000 on dozens of high-powered lights and industrial-scale charcoal filters to nurture the plants.
The ruthless gangs then use the profits from the ‘easy money’ grow houses to buy and import amphetamines from Vietnam and sell them on Australian streets.
But despite the profits, gangs still hire ‘black market electricians’ to bypass the mains power and steal thousands of dollars worth of electricity.
The Australian Crime Commission chief executive John Lawler told the ‘Sunday Herald Sun’: “Indoor cultivation of cannabis has increased over the past five years in a number of jurisdictions.”
Detective Inspector Pat O’Brien, of Victoria Police’s Drug Squad, said much of the state’s cannabis trade had links to international crime gangs.
In a recent bust, three Vietnamese nationals were charged after police found 3000 plants at 21 different addresses.
One man charged had been in Australia only four days.
Police alleged the syndicate spent about $660,000 equipping 21 homes and all had newspapers and items with Vietnamese writing in them.
Speaking after last month’s bust Inspector Richard Read said he believed his officers just scratched the surface.
Figures given to the Sunday Herald Sun show that 348 people charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis from July 2007 to June 2012, 164 were Vietnamese. In the last financial year, 71 Vietnamese nationals were charged.
Mr Lawler said: “Members of outlaw motorcycle gangs are also represented.” – James Dowling


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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