A SEAHAM man admitted illegally importing more than 6,000 tranquiliser tablets.
Robert Shaw ordered the pills from Pakistan over the internet, Durham Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Susan Hirst said Shaw made two orders during 2012, one of 3,020 tablets and another of 3,000.
“The exact dates are not clear,” Ms Hirst added. “An examination of email traffic suggests the transactions were started early in the year.”
Shaw, 45, of Seaham Street, Seaham, admitted two charges of fraudulently evading duty. Jane Waugh defending, said: “He accepts the pills are what they are, Diazepam tablets containing Valium.
“It is not clear what strength they are.
“There is a minimum order of 500 pills, which I understand are made very cheaply in Lahore.”
Judge Robert Adams ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Shaw.
The judge told him: “I am making no promises as to sentence, all options are open.”
Shaw was bailed to return to the court to be dealt with on May 1.