Drug dealer caught by WhatsApp photo

A pioneering fingerprint technology used to condemn and to a drug gang, which consists of a WhatsApp-message “the future”, as the police evidence approach, in order to catch criminals.

A picture of a man in ecstasy tablets to hold in his palm to the cell phone of someone arrested in Bridgend.

It was sent to South Wales Police scientific support unit and helped to 11 secure convictions.

These are believed to be the first conviction in Wales from fingerprints from a photo.

The device is Dave Thomas, describes its use as “groundbreaking” and said officials are now looking accurate, photos on mobile phones seized for possible evidence.

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He said: “It is an old-fashioned technique [fingerprint].

“Ultimately, it’s about everything else, we took a cell phone and looked at everything that we knew, it was a hand, with drugs on.

“These people [the distributors] are not caught up with technology, and we must keep step with the progress.”

The photos came to light after a tip-off drugs were being sold from a house in the Kenfig Hill area of Bridgend.

It was looted and large amounts of Gorilla glue has been manufactured a type of cannabis.

Mr Thomas praised the officer who spotted a photo under a stream of WhatsApp messages that go back months, as a potentially significant evidence of wear.

“It had to buy a number of texts, such as ‘what do you want?'”, he said.

“It was then the photo of the hand, the pills seemed as it was sent, to say to potential customers “these are my goods, I am selling this’.

“He was not, however, think that it showed a part of his hand, and it was possibly a fingerprint.”

The scientific support unit, a joint venture between the Gwent and South Wales forces, with headquarters in Bridgend, was able to scan the picture into his system.

It is only in parts of the middle and bottom were, however, at the fingers visible – records to keep only the upper part.

This meant that the image is not found on the national databases.

South Wales Police

But other evidence is meant to be an idea that they believed was behind the drug operation had officers.

“While the extent and the quality of the photos proved to be a challenge, the small bits were not enough to prove that he was the dealer,” added Mr. Thomas.

“It’s now opened the floodgates and, if it is part of a hand on a photo, the officers, send them in.”

He believes it is the first time that someone has been identified, his fingerprint, a photo, in Wales, and shows the potential for a forensic unit with a small piece of evidence.

Mr. Thomas showed how over 80% of people now have mobile phones and use them to record incidents such as fights and car accidents.

“We can download it and improve it (Material),” he said.

“These are all developments in the digital world – you ask a lot of questions that we need to give answers.”

The increased use of social media messages is only a area.

“We want to be in a position where it will prove a break-in at 20:30, we can scan and at 20:45 waiting for the perpetrators in front of the door and arrest you at home with the loot,” he added.

“This works via a remote-transmission – scan evidence at the crime scene and send it back quickly for a match.

“It is the future. We are not there yet, but it could significantly fast to improve the ability of local bobbies to arrest people.”