Four men have admitted their part in a smuggling ring in which drugs worth over £2 million were brought into the UK disguised as dog food.
The men are due to be sentenced next month after they pleaded guilty to smuggling three quarters of a tonne of cannabis from Spain to the UK.
Images released by the National Crime Agency show how the smugglers hid the drugs in pallets of dog food.
Brothers Kevin,57 and John Downes, 58, and Brian Chapman 64, all from Bermondsey, South London pleaded guilty at earlier court hearings to conspiracy to import controlled drugs into the UK.
Thomas Abrahams, 73, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on June 28 following a two week trial.
The drugs were driven into the UK from Spain and were delivered to a fictional company called ‘Levante European’ in an industrial unit in Sheerness, Kent on 30 September, 2016.
Officers had the industrial unit under surveillance and watched the drugs being unloaded by John Downes.
Brian Chapman and brothers Kevin and John Downes were arrested first with Mr Abrahams arrested the following month.
Paul Green, NCA Operation Manager said: “This is a significant disruption of an organised crime network intent on bringing illegal drugs into the UK.
“The cannabis had a street value of more than £2.1 million and no doubt the proceeds would have funded further criminality.
““We take all importations of illegal drugs seriously and this joint operation with colleagues from Kent and Essex police has prevented a substantial quantity of drugs from ending up on our streets.”