TWO illegal immigrants have appeared in court accused of producing hundreds of cannabis plants.
Brothers Binh Hoang, 34, and Thanstham Hoang, 32, were before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
The pair, of no fixed address, are each accused of growing between 600 and 1,200 plants at two industrial units in Batley.
They appeared before the Huddersfield court in custody as it was revealed that they had no right to remain in the country.
Thanstham is alleged to have grown 600 plants of the Class B drug at a premises Brookroyd Mills, in Bradford Road.
His brother is accused of growing 1,200 plants at a base in Hickwell Mills.
The pair were aided by a Vietnamese interpreter during their brief hearing.
Marina Taylor-Hunter, prosecuting, asked magistrates to send the case to crown court as they would have insufficient powers to sentence the pair.
The prosecutor also asked the bench to remand the men in custody because of their illegal status.
She said that they have no visible means of financial support.
Their solicitor, Paul Blanchard, said that the men were giving no indication as to what their plea will be.
Magistrates agreed that the case will eventually be committed to Leeds Crown Court.
The men will appear back before magistrates court via a prison video link on Thursday, July 12.