A Vietnamese woman who was caught growing more than 400 cannabis plants at a Whitley house has admitted being involved in producing the drug.
Han Thi Truong, 32, had previously denied the offence but changed her plea during a hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
She had been found at the house by police after they stumbled across the factory while attending a burglary two doors down.
Officers in the police helicopter using heat-seeking equipment spotted an unusually large amount of heat coming from the house in Birdhill Avenue on Friday, April 17.
The court heard Truong is an illegal immigrant, told police she was randomly approached in the street and offered to look after the plants for an unknown landlord.
She said she believed the Class B drug was being grown for health purposes.
Andrew Isaacs, prosecuting, said: “The heat source was detected by the helicopter and officers on the ground were informed and went to the address where the windows had been blacked out and knocked on the door.
“There was no answer but police saw a face in the glass pane of the door and when they failed to get a response from the occupant, they forced entry into the property and found the majority of the rooms had been insulated with plastic sheeting on the walls and around 400 cannabis plants of various sizes were found.
“She told police there was no way of contacting the individual who stopped her on the street because all calls were made with a withheld number.”
Sotiris Yiakoumi, defending, declined to comment.
Truong was committed to crown court for sentencing at a date to be set for one count of being concerned in the production of 400 plus plants of cannabis and was remanded in custody.