A drug dealer’s decision to decorate his Christmas tree with drugs and cash came back to haunt him.
The festive snap taken by Marvin Porcelli was later found by police and used as evidence against him in court.
Porcelli spent this Christmas behind bars after his crimes were revealed.
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The 47-year-old played an ‘operational function’ in a large-scale drug gang that was shut down by the EncroChat hack, the Liverpool Echo reported.
“The conspiracy could not have worked without the actions you took,” a judge told him.
He has now been jailed for seven and a half years.
Porcelli was involved in the storage, curing, cutting and delivery of drugs on behalf of those higher up the chain, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
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When police raided his partner’s home, officers asked if there were any drugs in the house.
“Class A drugs,” he replied.
He was linked to about 1kg of cocaine found on the property in Wavertree, Merseyside.
Cocaine worth about £ 37,000 was found in two containers under pillows on a bed.
At Porcelli’s home in Bootle, police found checklists and wraps of ‘white powder’, including one picked up from a pair of Ralph Lauren shorts.
Officers also seized several cell phones and found the picture of the Christmas tree.
Porcelli admitted conspiracies to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.
He had become involved in crime due to drug debt, the court heard.
He was a caregiver and is now drug free.
Judge Anil Murray described the drug gang Porcelli was involved in as a ‘large, professional, sophisticated, well-planned, well-organized and successful’ operation.
He was one of nine men imprisoned for more than 90 years.
High-ranking drug dealers James Wright, 36, of Gateacre Brow, Gateacre, Liverpool, Sean Burrell, 29, of Park Road, Liverpool, and Thomas O’Brien, 43, of Finch Lea Drive, Knotty Ash, were sentenced to 16 years, 13 years and six months and 18 years.