THREE illegal immigrants have been jailed for their part in running a £1m cannabis factory.
Tuan Quoc Tran, 31, Khan Van Phan, 29, and Nan Van Vu, 20 - all Vietnamese nationals - were arrested after firefighters stumbled across the drug factory while fighting a blaze at a warehouse.
Inside were 4,888 plants which had a street value of 1.37m.
The men each admitted charges of being concerned in the production of a class B controlled drug after they were arrested near the warehouse
at the Castle Trading Estate, Portchester, on July 19 last year.
Tran, Phan and Vu were each sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail at Portsmouth Crown Court.
An order was made for the drugs to be destroyed and the men face being deported after serving their sentences.
Judge Graham White said: 'People at whatever level who take any part in the production of illegal drugs, no matter what class, must expect prison sentences.
'The public has to know what a serious consequence there is of being involved in what can only be described as an evil trade.'