Man jailed for running cannabis farm in Heathfield

Thang Cao Do SUS-150519-134429001
Thang Cao Do SUS-150519-134429001

A man has been jailed for more than two years after a cannabis farm with 2,000 plants was discovered in Heathfield.

Police discovered the farm at a unit on an industrial estate in Heathfield on January 23, after being alerted by bailiffs who had visited a unit on the Ghyll Industrial Estate.

The cannabis plants would have had a street value of £953,714.

Thang Cao Do, 42, of no fixed address, was charged with being concerned in the production of a class B drug.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 27 months in prison after he appeared at Brighton Crown Court on Thursday (14 May).

Detective Constable Tod Stewart said, “We have disrupted an organised and significant operation, preventing harmful drugs from reaching the local community.

“I would ask all members of the public to be vigilant, as both commercial and private properties can be used for the production of cannabis.

“Signs to look out for are covered over windows or curtains constantly closed, people visiting properties at odd times, for example to water plants, extractor fans in walls and a sweet, distinctive herbal smell.

“If you witness any such suspicious activity please email information to or call 101.”