AN on the run criminal who plotted to grow cannabis in three cities has been jailed for six years in his absence.
Hong Ming Yeung, 37, who is believed to have fled to China, was been sentenced to five years in prison for his part in producing cannabis in Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford. He got an extra year on top after he failed to turn up for sentencing.
More than 900 cannabis plants were found by police after the raids in August 2009, including one at Lingwell Gate Crescent, Wakefield. Another cannabis farm was also discovered at a property on Denby Dale Road.
Yeung appeared at Bradford Crown Court in January and was convicted of conspiracy to produce cannabis after a week-long trial.
But he failed to turn up to court for sentencing on Monday.
Extradition procedures are ongoing to locate him. It is believed he may have fled to China after giving evidence in January this year.
PC Helen Bentley was heavily involved in the case and was praised by the judge in court.
She said: “This was an extremely complex case and involved a lengthy investigation to locate the male who was running an extensive cannabis production network in West Yorkshire. I am very pleased with the outcome and encouraged by the support of members of the public who have greatly assisted the police in bringing the offenders involved in this criminal network to justice.”