On Friday, 5 April, the WA District court sentenced a university graduate who received $25 per hour for being part of a well-planned Vietnamese crime gang that planted cannabis across Perth.
According to the court, 25 years old Ho Yeon Kim was the ‘crop-sitter’ for the crime syndicate. In 2017, police found Kim in a Beckenham home in which there was a massive cannabis crop. After that, he was on the run for six months following his release on bail. In an unrelated circumstance in 2018, Kim was arrested for using his mobile phone while driving. He tried to escape but was swiftly apprehended.
According to reports submitted to the court, detectives discovered another cannabis growth in connection with Kim in early 2018. Though he was not found in the house during the second discovery, his DNA gave him away as it was found on two shirts and a bottle in the house.
The two Beckenham houses had high-grade hydroponic equipment and power was bypassed to both houses.
Years Behind Bars
Kim pleaded guilty to two charges regarding the cultivation of a prohibited plant for commercial purpose.
In defense of her client, Kim’s lawyer – Abigail Rogers – revealed that he never wanted to be part of illegal dealings, but visa issues and some financial difficulties led him to join the business as he was not able to get something else.
The lawyer revealed that Kim is ashamed of the whole thing as his family, especially his mother, is disappointed. He said the future he planned to have in Australia has been destroyed.
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