The police of South Wales arrested a drug dealer whose identity was identified by a fingerprint in a photograph sent to WhatsApp.
The picture surfaced when another drug dealer was arrested in the city of Bridgen. The police checked his correspondence on the smartphone and drew attention to a photo of Ecstasy tablets, where the middle and bottom parts of the seller's finger were also visible. "Punch" tracks on the base failed, because there are stored only fingerprints of the upper phalanx. But other evidence helped to reach a family couple of drug dealers Darren and Dominic Morris.
The fingerprints of the spouses did not coincide with the photo, but the check of their 28-year-old son Eliot confirmed that he offered drugs. During the trial, he was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. Father and mother were sentenced to 27 and 12 months respectively.
This is the first time in Wales, when a criminal could be found by fingerprints from a photograph.
Drug dealers use modern technologies to hide from law enforcement officers, but this approach has a downside. Today, according to the picture, the police can remove fingerprints, and if the cameras in smartphones become even better, it will be possible to calculate the criminal even by reflecting the face in the pupil of the eye (this technology has been tested for several years).