Crimelord: The Licensee

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When hash started to flood into Scotland from the late 1980s onwards, suspicion centred on Tam McGraw, leader of the Infamous Barlanark Team. After a two-year surveillance operation, police discovered the drug had been hidden in buses carrying young footballers and deprived Glasgow families on free holidays abroad in a scam worth over £40 million. Police claimed McGraw was the mastermind, but in 1998 a jury declared him innocent while other suspects were jailed. As McGraw refuses to discuss his life publicly, his remarkable tale is told through friends, fellow crooks, and the occasional rival. It is an outrageous, often hilarious, true gangster story.