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