June 11, 2021
As Paul Harvey was wont to say, “here is a strange….”
39-year-old Carl Stewart of Liverpool sold drugs illegally through EncroChat, an encrypted messaging service used exclusively by criminals that, unbeknownst to him, was infiltrated by police in a major operation last year.
He then made a big mistake: Stewart, apparently a cheese lover, posted to the service (on an encrypted device) a photograph of a block of Stilton cheese that he had found at the upmarket British grocery store Marks & Spencer. Police then used the picture to analyze his palm and fingerprints and identify him.
After confessing to conspiracy to distributed various drugs, he was sentenced to serve 13 1/2 years in prison.
There’s a lesson here somewhere.