A 40 year-old illegal immigrant from China has been jailed for two years at Derry Crown Court after admitting cultivating, possessing and possessing with intent to supply 320 mature cannabis plants found by police in a house at Sunbeam Terrace in the Bishop Street area of the city last June.
The court was told that Qang Li, of no fixed abode, had been smuggled into Northern Ireland in a container along with a number of other illegal immigrants from China.
During interviews, he told police he came to Northern Ireland to make money after his family home was destroyed in the province of Sichuan last May.
Judge Desmond Marrinan was told that he operated a sophisticated cannabis farm in the house for three month before he was arrested following a police search of the premises.
During the entire three month period in the Sunbeam Terrace house, Qang Li, under orders, never left the premises and food supplies were brought to him by unknown persons.
As well as the two year jail sentence, Qang Li also faces deportation.