After authorities discovered a snapshot of a striking mural on his phone, a drug dealer was identified and apprehended.
According to Merseyside Police, cocaine and amphetamines dealer Ryan Palin, 36, was using an encrypted phone service.
Palin’s downfall came when police spotted an image of mixed martial artist Connor McGregor that resembled a painting on the wall of his home in Caldy, Wirral.
Palin was found guilty in an earlier trial at Liverpool Crown Court and sentenced to 29 years in jail.
He was convicted of conspiring to distribute Class A and B narcotics.
Palin was apprehended as part of a European-wide operation including the National Crime Agency, British police, and Regional Organised Crime Units.
They were able to break into the Encrochat service, which is frequently utilized by criminals engaged in severe and organized crime.
Palin was involved in a scheme to deliver 700kg (1,543lbs) of cocaine, 15kg (33lbs) of heroin, and 40kg (88lbs) of amphetamine between July 2019 and May 2020, according to data from encrypted phones.
Palin was apprehended thanks to the image of the mural on the encrypted phone.
In December 2021, a raid on his residence yielded £136,000 in expensive clothing and £129,000 in watches. The Proceeds of Crime Act was used to seize them all.
“We applaud today’s judgment and sentence, and now that Ryan Palin is behind bars, he can no longer peddle massive amounts of narcotics and misery on the streets of Merseyside and beyond,” Det Sgt Graeme Kehoe said.
“Merseyside Police, in collaboration with law enforcement agencies throughout the world, will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of those who believe they are above the law, and we will continue to target anyone involved in major organized crime to maintain this good momentum.”