Chinese national jailed for growing cannabis

A Chinese man who jumped out a window two floors up after being caught cultivating cannabis with a potential value of €100,800 in a Dublin city centre apartment has been jailed for three and a half years.

Father-of-two Nianjie He (33) of Stafford House, Wolfe Tone Street, Dubliln pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawfully cultivating cannabis at his premises on May 8, 2014.

He has two previous convictions from Galway Circuit Court in 2015 where he was jailed for three years for a similar offence there.

Garda Seamus Donoghue told Caroline Cummings BL, prosecuting, that the apartment block manager alerted gardaí that there was cannabis was being grown in one of the premises.

Gardaí went to the suspected apartment and detected a strong smell of cannabis. They returned that evening with a warrant and broke through the door.

Gda Donoghue said he and colleagues discovered a “sophisticated grow house” with 126 plants at various stages of development along with humidifiers, fans and weighing scales. He told Ms Cummings that none of the plants had flowering buds.

One garda noticed an open kitchen window and saw He on the ground two floors below with no shoes or jacket and with a back injury.

Gda Donoghue revealed that he had left his Chinese passport at the premises and was identified from this.

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