FIVE men – two from Solihull – tried to smuggle £1.5m worth of heroin through Birmingham International Airport.
The Class A drug had been woven into a consignment of Afghan rugs and was discovered earlier this year.
The gang had admitted to their involvement in the plan – ahead of a month-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court. They are due to be sentenced this week.
Mohammed Faisal Dad, 24, of Leam Crescent, Solihull, admitted his role in the plot. He was accused of overseeing the operation from start to finish. The smuggler was captured several months after the arrest of his conspirators when police discovered him hiding in the false base of a divan bed.
Other gang members were Asif Khan, 23, of Evelyn Road, Sparkhill, Soyab Hansdot, 22, of Quorn Road, Leicester, and Ishmael Makda, 27, of Horston Road, Leicester.
All of the men admitted conspiracy to contravene the Customs and Excise Management Act. A fifth gang member, Mohammed Ibrar, 21, of Fearnley Road, Solihull, admitted money laundering offences. Three other men accused of being co-conspirators were cleared.