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Crimelord: The Licensee: The True Story of Tam McGraw

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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.
Crimelord: The Licensee: The True Story of Tam McGraw
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"Crimelord" is the gripping life story of elusive multimillionaire gangster Tam McGraw. A notorious criminal kingpin, McGraw has risen from extreme poverty in the East End of Glasgow to become one of Scotland's wealthiest men. When hash started to flood into Scotland from the late 1980s onwards, suspicion centred on 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. It was a scam reminiscent of the movie "The Italian Job", only this time Scots kids had been sitting on hash worth over GBP40 million. Police claimed McGraw was the financier and 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.
David Leslie has worked for the News of the World since 1970. Since then, he has covered scores of major stories, including the tragedies of Zeebrugge, Piper Alpha, Lockerbie and Dunblane. He has been based in Glasgow since 1994, concentrating on crime and major investigations.
"Thrilling" News of the World
A controversial expose of Tam McGraw, one of Scotland's most wealthy and infamous gangsters
Author
David Leslie
Short Title
CRIMELORD THE LICENSEE
Pages
239
Publisher
Mainstream Publishing Company
Language
English
ISBN-10
1845961668
ISBN-13
9781845961664
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
364.106
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2007
Publication Date
2007-03-31
Imprint
Mainstream Publishing
Place of Publication
Edinburgh
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Birth
1956
Subtitle
The True Story of Tam McGraw
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