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Ecstasy dealer charged after new technology identified his fingerprints in a photo

He'd taken a photo showing off his pills

  • Dave Turner
  • 16 March 2018
Ecstasy dealer charged after new technology identified his fingerprints in a photo

A drug dealer from the West Midlands has been sentenced to prison after he was identified through fingerprint technology from a photo.

Elliot Morris, 28, had initially been linked to a cannabis-supplying operation by police in Bridgend, Wales who called upon the Joint Scientific Support Unit (JSIU) at South Wales Police for assistance.

The JSIU later used a "pioneering fingerprint technique" to identify the fingers of Morris after coming across a mobile phone photo of a hand holding ecstasy pills such as Ikeas and Skypes.

Dave Thomas, forensic operations manager at the Scientific Support Unit, praised the JSIU's use of fingerprint technology.

“Specialist staff within the JSIU fully utilised their expert image-enhancing skills which enabled them to provide something that the unit’s fingerprint identification experts could work. Despite being provided with only a very small section of the fingerprint which was visible in the photograph, the team were able to successfully identify the individual.”

Morris, along with nine other people including his parents, were sentenced to 20 years in prison by Cardiff Crown Court for "involvement in a conspiracy to supply cannabis."

A total of £36,000 worth of ecstasy and £21,000 worth of cannabis was recovered by police. Morris also had £20,000 worth of bitcoins, gained through his drug sales.

[Via: South Wales Police]

[Photo: MDMA Team]

Dave Turner is Mixmag's Digital News Editor, follow him on Twitter

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