A gang who took over the houses of addicts across Clacton to deal drugs have been convicted - following a three-year investigation.
The group, know as the Jay Boys, came from London but operated from properties in Essex, making between £2,000 and £3,000 a day.
During a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, the jury was told how the gang of eight men targeted the homes of vulnerable addicts.
They used violence and intimidation to take them over and use them as a drug-dealing base in a practice known as "cuckooing".
It took Essex Police three years to collect enough evidence to take them to court - with the first search warrant being carried out in February 2016.
Seven men were convicted with two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. They were:
- Courtney Kirby-Diamond, 25, of Wellington Way, East London
- Tunji Owati, 26, of Park View Road, North London
- Troy Henderson-Ryan, 19, of Alfearn Road, East London
- Steven Root, 45, of Hadleigh Road, Clacton
- Tommy Burnett, 21 of Trinity Close, East London
An eighth man, Shaheur Rahman, 25, of Bentham Road, East London, admitted two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs at an earlier hearing.
During the trial, a former member of the Jay Boys gang gave evidence against them. He told the court how he was recruited on Facebook by the gang and was paid a daily rate of £100 to deliver crack and heroin.
All eight men have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.