Tat­too li­cence granted to firm with links to ‘Break­ing Bad’ drug gang

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY ED­DIE HARBINSON

A HAIR trans­plant com­pany with con­nec­tions to a ‘Break­ing Bad-style’ drugs gang will be al­lowed to of­fer head tat­too­ing ser­vices de­spite po­lice con­cerns over its for­mer owner.

Cur­rent di­rec­tor Jade McGaw, 30, has landed a li­cence for staff to pro­vide ‘scalp mi­cropig­men­ta­tion’ at the Vinci Hair Clinic on In­gram Street in the city cen­tre.

Her hus­band and for­mer com­pany di­rec­tor Scott McGaw, 33, was last month con­victed for his part in pro­duc­ing eti­zo­lam pills – nick­named ‘blue plague’ – from a back-street garage in Pais­ley.

When po­lice raided the fa­cil­ity the found al­most two mil­lion of the pills worth £1.676m in what was de­scribed by De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Fil Ca­paldi the big­gest drugs man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tion he was aware of in Scot­tish his­tory.

Mr McGaw re­signed from his po­si­tion as a di­rec­tor of SMHC Glas­gow Ltd – the com­pany be­hind Vinci Hair Clinic – in Fe­bru­ary this year when his wife be­came the sole di­rec­tor.

But Po­lice Scot­land’s Chief Con­sta­ble Iain Liv­ing­stone wrote to Glas­gow’s li­cens­ing com­mit­tee ob­ject­ing to her plans to pro­vide the tat­too­ing ser­vices to clients.

And he warned that de­spite not be­ing listed as part of the com­pany, he sus­pected Mr McGaw would be “in­volved in as­pects of the busi­ness”.

Archie McIver, rep­re­sent­ing SMHC Glas­gow said: “The po­lice say that they be­lieve if Jade McGaw is granted the li­cence then Scott McGaw will be in­volved in as­pects of the busi­ness.

“If the po­lice had rea­son to be­lieve that Mr McGaw was go­ing to ben­e­fit in some way, they should have out­lin­ing what that is. They should have been say­ing ‘he’s go­ing to be a shadow di­rec­tor’ or ‘he will be get­ting a wage’. “But there is noth­ing. “The re­al­ity is, he can’t have any­thing to do with the busi­ness for a long time I sus­pect. If this isn’t granted, it’s not go­ing to af­fect him. It’s go­ing to af­fect Mrs McGaw and the em­ploy­ees.”

Mr McGaw was con­victed last month of pro­duc­ing the banned eti­zo­lam pills – which were pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered a ‘le­gal high’ – be­tween May, 2016 and March 2017 as part of a gang of four men.

As well as the eti­zo­lam pills, po­lice found 313,000 ni­tra­zo­lam tablets, 24kg of pow­der and seven litres of liq­uid eti­zo­lam.

The court heard that Mr McGaw pro­vided the money to set up the op­er­a­tion and jurors were shown a video of the po­lice search, in­clud­ing the pill press in op­er­a­tion.

Jurors were shown CCTV im­ages of McGaw walk­ing into the garage then leav­ing 10 hours later wear­ing a Break­ing Bad-style lab suit.

The jury also heard that it took a fork lift truck and a team of fire­fight­ers to re­move the press from the garage.

Mr McGaw has been re­manded in cus­tody along­side Eric Reid, Harry In­gle and Ni­cholas Con­way as they await sen­tenc­ing this month.

De­spite the po­lice con­cerns, li­cens­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers granted SMHC Glas­gow Ltd the skin pierc­ing and tat­too­ing li­cence for three years.

SMHC Glas­gow Ltd granted the skin pierc­ing and tat­too­ing li­cence for three years

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