London, Oct 16 (UNI) Britain police has scrapped its crackdown on cannabis factories run by Vietnamese drug barons following the warnings by senior officials that the actions might be considered as racist.
Officers had identified a burgeoning industry which operated out of anonymous rented houses in the suburbs and shires of the country.
The police planned to write to property landlords warning them to look out for suspicious tenancy applications.
However, later it was understood that their action was found to be in breach of the Race Relations Act after specifically referring to Vietnamese nationals in its letters.
The development has infuriated detectives seeking to break the stranglehold of Vietnamese barons, who control 75 per cent of UK production of cannabis, Daily Mail reported.
Senior police sources confirmed there has been an ''explosion'' in Vietnamese-run cannabis factories in Britain over the past year.
Following a recent crackdown by Scotland Yard, many of the crime syndicates have relocated out of the capital to rented properties in places such as Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.
There are now three million cannabis users in the UK and more than 60 per cent of what they use is produced here, compared to just 11 per cent ten years ago.
Senior officers believe privately that the Government's decision to relax the laws on cannabis is the cause of the surge in home-grown production.
In Britain, Vietnamese (illegal immigrants) are often rented out the whole house where they cultivate the drug and occupy only a small living area.
Sometimes the gangs rent up to four properties in a row from the same landlord.
Each house can produce up to four harvests a year, worth up to 600,000 pounds.