Police have seized raw materials worth millions of pounds and a gun after raiding a drugs factory believed to the biggest one ever discovered in Scotland.
Gangsters were planning to manufacture fake Etizolam pills “on an industrial scale” in the “sophisticated” factory in the Albyn Industrial Estate in Broxburn, West Lothian.
A raid on Tuesday, December 21 saw officers recover drugs and drug manufacturing equipment which officers believe had been producing millions of the illicit tablets, commonly known as street valium.
A firearm was recovered along with thousands of Etizolam tablets, three automatic pill press machines and large amounts of bulking powders and binding agents – enough to make tablets that could be sold for millions of pounds.
Three men aged 33, 46 and 60 have appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court in relation to drugs and firearms offences following the raid at the Breaking Bad-style factory.
The industrial estate is set in a secluded area off the B8020 Greendykes Road and next to the Union Canal, screened on three sides by trees and vegetation.
Detective Inspector Gary Reid, from the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit said: “This is one of, if not the biggest drugs factory recovered in Scotland to date, which is capable of producing millions of Etizolam tablets per day.
“This was a significant recovery and will undoubtedly prevent further illicit tablets reaching often vulnerable people on the streets of Scotland.