June 29, 2012 4.45 pm This story is over 114 months old

Four years jail for Lincoln man who laundered cannabis cash through city nail bar

Cannabis money laundering: Lincoln man is convicted of laundering profits from cannabis farms through a nail bar in the city.

Lincoln man Duc Sy Bui has been sentenced to four years in jail at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, June 29.

The 42-year-old was convicted of laundering profits of a network of cannabis farms across Lincolnshire and the UK.

Detective Sergeant Nick Clark said: “This was a long and thorough investigation and the sentence puts out a strong message to those involved in this type of criminality.

“It shows that we will pursue anyone who plays a role in the cultivation and selling of drugs.

“For this kind of activity to thrive, it relies on a large and complex support network.

“By disrupting this network, we can have a significant impact on tackling the crime, bringing perpetrators to justice and ultimately, reducing the impact on our local communities.”

— Court report from May 11, 2012

Duc Sy Bui of Blyton Grove in Lincoln was found guilty of money laundering charges at Lincoln Crown Court on May 11.

The court heard that he took the profits of six cannabis farms on Lincolnshire and two in other parts of the country and laundered them through the Exquisite Nail Bar in Silver Street, Lincoln and a casino in Nottingham.

Duc Sy Bui was found guilty of acquiring, using and possessing criminal property in relation to £41,298, and money laundering.

This marks the conclusion of a three-year police investigation in which officers have analysed personal and business accounts, mobile phone data and forensic evidence linking the couple to cannabis farms and organised crime group members.

Detective Sergeant Nick Clark said: “This man was part of a network of criminals cultivating and selling class B drugs in the UK.

“Lincolnshire Police disrupted the cannabis farms, took those drugs off the streets and then conducted a lengthy and complex financial investigation to secure this conviction.”

Warning to landlords

Detective Inspector Simon Lovett added: “We want county landlords and letting agents to be aware of the potential for criminal gangs setting up cannabis farms in their properties.

“If someone offers you a cash deal that sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

“The price of taking cash and not carrying out checks can be enormous as these gangs will completely wreck your houses and then leave.”

Source: Lincolnshire Police

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