In what must be one of the most bizarre convictions we have come across, Carl Stewart a prolific drug dealer was caught as a result of his love of cheese!! This is the latest success following the Police cracking the code for Encrochat a chat app favoured by the criminals. In this case the Police had been monitoring various Encrochat chats but hadn’t identified who was behind the particular accounts. That was until the above picture was shared by a user in the chat. The image which included the finger and thumbs enabled the Police to analyse the fingerprints from the photo and identify them as belonging to Carl Stewart!
Stewart subsequently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin, MDMA and ketamine, and to transferring criminal property. He was recently sentenced to 13.5 years imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court.