A convicted drugs boss who was jailed for plotting to flood Germany with cocaine has opened a controversial cannabis oil shop.
Brian Charrington Jnr was caged for more than four years with his dad Brian Snr â€“ one of Europeâ€™s most notorious traffickers.
The 41-year-old also played a gangster in a pilot episode of flop crime drama Drug Dealersâ€™ Birds.
But now Charrington has launched a CBD oil store in Ayrshire.
The Rolls-Royce driving former gangland figure opened a SurePure store in Dalry several weeks ago and plans to add a â€śflagshipâ€ť Scottish HQ to the firm in Glasgow within months.
CBD â€“ cannabidiol â€“ oil is at the centre of major medical and political debate over its health benefits.
It is legal to sell in the UK as long as most of the Âtetrahydrocannabinol or THC â€“ the Âpsychoactive substance in cannabis â€“ has been extracted.
Users have hailed it as a miracle treatment for conditions such as Âdiabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety depression and pain. It has also been credited with Âhelping children cope with epileptic fits and providing benefits for multiple sclerosis sufferers.
Charrington, who has lived in Spain for 20 years, said: â€śEveryone has a past and I appreciate that I have an interesting background.
â€śBut Iâ€™ve done my jail time. My old man was one of the most sought-after criminals in Europe and Iâ€™ve been in jail for my own conspiracies.
â€śBut Iâ€™ve got a bachelorâ€™s degree in business and languages to get away from that lifestyle.
â€śMy background has been one of my concerns, that people would see me in a negative light. But people should appreciate that Iâ€™m trying to better myself and most of them do.â€ť
He added: â€śI believe in my Âbusiness and trying to help people.
â€śWe do everything by the book and things are going great at the moment.
â€śThe store in Dalry is doing well but we plan to have a flagship branch in Glasgow soon. The product is non-psychoactive, weâ€™re well within the limit of THC thatâ€™s allowed.â€ť
The store sells bottles of CBD oil for ÂŁ19.99. Other products include vape liquids, soap and skin creams.
SurePure sells CBD oil extracted from the hemp plant. They claim to have agents selling their products in Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Australia.
Charrington Jnr was jailed for seven years in 2000 for his role in a plot to flood Germany with cocaine.
German police arrested Charrington Jnr and another man leaving a warehouse in Frankfurt with a suitcase filled with drugs.
Former car dealer Charrington Snr, 62, was extradited to Germany after phone call intercepts identified his voice and linked him to plan. He was also sentenced to seven years.
Charrington Snr was unmasked as a police informer in the 1990s while running his drugs empire.
He was accused of being part of a plot to smuggle Colombian cocaine with a street value of ÂŁ150million but was released when his role as a supergrass emerged.
The criminal was also the Âright-hand man of crime godfather Curtis â€śCockyâ€ť Warren.
Liverpudlian Warren was once described in the Sunday Times rich list as a property developer worth ÂŁ79million. In fact, he was the boss of a huge criminal network with high level contacts in Colombia and responsible for tonnes of cocaine being imported to Europe.
He was snared after Dutch police tapped his phone.
Charrington Snr was on trial in Alicante in April with his other son Ray, charged with Âtrying to smuggle 200 kilos of cocaine into Spain.
No verdict has been given yet but Charrington Snr faces 18 years in jail if found guilty. Charrington Jnr played a henchman in a pilot for crime drama Drug Dealersâ€™ Birds, which centred on the lavish lifestyles of exiled ÂBritish criminals and their partners.
Charrington Jnr is an associate of convicted drug dealer Michael â€śBenjiâ€ť Bennett, who was jailed for four years for being caught with ÂŁ100,000 of the Class A drug in 2000.
Bennett was also accused of trying to smuggle ÂŁ263,000 of cannabis into Scotland during a drugs trial with crime boss Tam â€śThe Licenseeâ€ť McGraw in 1998.
Officers discovered the consignment hidden under the floorboards of a mini-bus Bennett was driving but the men walked free on a not proven verdict.
Bennett then got four years after being convicted of being concerned in the supply of a kilo of cocaine and was jailed for four years.
Cannabis oil is legal to sell in the UK as long as THC levels are below 0.05 per cent. But there have been calls for stronger versions to be made legal.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs have recommended doctors should also be allowed to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid ordered a review by Englandâ€™s chief medical officer Sally Davies last month. She concluded there was evidence it provided â€śtherapeutic benefitâ€ť for some conditions. The move came following high profile cases of children being denied access to stronger cannabis oil to control epileptic seizures.
Cases include that of Billy Caldwell, 12, and Alfie Dingley, six, who have forms of intractable epilepsy that appear to be eased by the product.
However, critics have claimed relaxing the law will open the door to legalising recreational cannabis.
Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr MSP said: â€śThe recent Billy Caldwell case has sparked debate over the use of cannabis oil for medicinal purposes and the UK Government have rightfully responded by announcing a review into this.
â€śBut some people will be concerned to hear a convicted criminal is getting involved in the sale of products that are very new to market.
â€śIt is important that stores stocking cannabis oil do so legally and are compliant with the rules set out on THC concentrations.
â€śEveryone has the right to rehabilitation but I would encourage anyone wishing to buy these products to proceed with caution and ensure they understand the extent of the law.â€ť
Scottish Lib Dem health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, said: â€śThese treatments could potentially benefit many people but itâ€™s essential that they are properly regulated.
Charrington Jnr added: â€śOur product is harvested in Spain and is tightly regulated. It can be tested at any time.â€ť