A man from Stourbridge who controlled a multi-million pound international heroin smuggling gang is due to be sentenced later.
Tahir Mahmood was arrested in early morning raids in October 2013 after 95 kilograms of drugs were found hidden inside suitcases with false bottoms, books and specially adapted clothing.
Fifty kilos of drugs were seized in this country with an estimated street value of around £5 million.
Mahmood controlled the criminal group from the West Midlands, and used couriers or 'mules' to smuggle the drugs on flights from Pakistan through Germany, Holland, Austria and Spain.
His right hand man - Anwar Bashir from Bradford, will also be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today.
Two other men who acted as drug 'mules' were caught smuggling the heroin into the UK, and pleaded guilty, while three other men were arrested for their involvement in Spain, Pakistan and Austria respectively, and prosecuted in those countries.