TWO Renfrewshire men who were involved in Scotland's biggest drugs factory have been hit with crime orders to keep tabs on them when they are freed from jail.

Eric Reid, from Johnstone, and Scott McGaw, of Paisley, were locked up in December after police raided a garage where at least £1.6million of fake Valium was being churned out.

Prosecutors later moved for them to be slapped with Serious Crime Prevention Orders.

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And, today, both 45-year-old Reid and 33-year-old McGaw returned to the High Court in Glasgow, along with Harry Ingle, 40, from Reading, Berkshire, who was also jailed for his involvement in the drugs operation.

All three will now be subject to crime orders that allow police to monitor a criminal's business dealings, communications and movements once they are released from prison.

The orders, imposed by Lord Burns, will run for three years.

Reid, McGaw and Ingle were members of a gang who made vast quantities of the drug Etizolam – dubbed 'the Blue Plague' – in a Breaking Bad-style operation.

The pills were churned out at a garage in Back Sneddon Street, Paisley.

Reid, of Blackwood Terrace, Johnstone, and McGaw, of Victoria Road, Paisley, were both convicted of producing the illegal drugs between May 2016 and March 2017.

When sentencing took place in December, Reid was ordered to spend five and a half years behind bars, while McGaw was handed a five-year term. 

Ingle was also locked up for five and a half years after he admitted producing and supplying the pills.

A fourth man – Nicholas Conway, 45, from London – was jailed for three years after he admitted supplying Etizolam between February and March 2017.

Sentencing the gang, Lord Burns told them: “This drug was being produced on an industrial scale. You must have been one of the major sources of what was described as a flood of this drug into Scotland.

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“You were aware it would be illegal to produce this drug, which has potential to cause serious harm to people who abuse it.”

Lord Burns added that those involved had been motivated by “greed.”

Etizolam was initially a legal high but, after a number of deaths were linked to it, the law was changed and it became an illegal drug in May 2017.