Photo of cheese helped send a drug dealer to prison for 13 years

You should be careful about the photos you share online. By posting a picture of your vaccination card, for example, you risk revealing your full name and date of birth, which opens up the possibility of identity theft.

But you should be even more careful if you’re a drug dealer dealing heroin and cocaine. Even an innocent picture of a block of cheese can contain enough personal information to convict you. Today’s technology allows a wanted criminal to be tracked down by the fingerprints on the photos they post.

As the Liverpool Echo reports, we have Merseyside police to thank for this discovery, who successfully tracked down drug dealer Carl Stewart (39, of Gem Street, Liverpool) and convicted him of conspiring to supply cocaine, heroin, MDMA and ketamine using a simple photo of a piece of cheese on which experts were able to identify his fingerprints.

Stewart was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to the charges.

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