A drugs gang plotted to use fake pianos to smuggle millions of pounds worth of drugs into Britain, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.
Piano shells made out of MDF and other hollow furniture such as bookshelves were to hide the drugs as they were driven to the UK on the back of a lorry, it was alleged.
Lorry driver Jasraj Singh (39), of Harborne, Birmingham, and four other men deny drugs charges.
Mukul Chawla QC, prosecuting, said police heard details of drug smuggling and distribution when a secret listening device was fitted to a " fortress" run by gang member James Ward (53), in Battersea, south London.
He said: " Conversations heard in February, last year, suggested they could use a piano to bring in amphetamines, cocaine and other drugs from Holland."
Mr Chawla added: "These defendants are drug dealers on a commercial scale."
The surveillance equipment had led to two seizures of drugs, said Mr Chawla.
The first in March, last year, had yielded 60 kilos of cannabis resin in Croydon, Surrey.
Two others had admitted the offence and it was claimed Ward and Gary Vian (45), plotted to bring cocaine into the country by the same route.
In July, last year, nine kilos of cocaine powder was seized in Birmingham after officers saw it being handed over outside Singh's home.
Some £20,000, the proceeds of drugs, was allegedly found hidden in a boiler at the house.
Terrence Pyne (49), had allegedly picked the cocaine up to bring it to London.
Singh; Ward, of Ruckinge, Kent; Woods, of Rotherhithe, south London; Vian, of Croydon; Pyne, of Surrey Quays, south London; deny conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Mr Chawla said Pyne panicked and hid the drugs under a bush. Paul Woods (31), was then sent to retrieve the cocaine but was arrested by police.
The trial continues.