A Birmingham man has admitted his part in a plot to smuggle £413,000 of cannabis hidden in two wooden crates loaded with car spare parts into the Midlands from Germany.
The drugs - 186 kilos of cannabis in 768 blocks - were discovered at the bottom of two wooden crates after National Crime Squad detectives stopped a van driven by Paul McDonald near Lichfield, Staffordshire.
McDonald (41), of Gravelly Lane, Erdington, Birmingham, pleaded guilty at Stafford Crown Court to conspiracy to supply cannabis.
He will be sentenced after the trial of Ronald Fenwick (52), of Honeywall, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, who denies the charge.
Naomi Gilchrist, prosecuting, said: "In the bottom of the crates were found 768 compacted blocks of cannabis wrapped in cellophane packages. The crates were addressed to Fenwick at a unit he owned on an industrial site in Stoke.
"The crates had left Frankfurt, Germany, from a legitimate freight company. It was Fenwick who arranged for the importation, transportation and delivery of the crates.
"When they were due to be delivered he told the freight company that it was imperative that he was told, so that he could supervise the unloading.
"Fenwick sent instructions to Germany and in January last year the crates were taken from Frankfurt to his industrial unit in Stoke, Within three hours of their arrival McDonald arrived and the two crates were loaded into his van and off he went."
Miss Gilchrist said that within an hour McDonald was arrested. Fenwick was arrested several days later.
"Fenwick denied any knowledge at all."
The trial continues.