A drug dealer who went online to show off a block of cheese also unwittingly showed off his fingerprints, which led to a prison sentence of 13 years and six months.
Carl Stewart, from Liverpool, England, had purchased a block of Mature Blue Stilton and proudly displayed it on EncroChat, a now defunct service provider for criminals. Police then got a hold of the photo and, with Stewart's fingertips on full display, were able to grab his fingerprints and identify him. The 39-year-old gentleman, who went by the name of Toffeeforce, pleaded "guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin, MDMA and ketamine, and to transferring criminal property," according to CNN.
Authorities said Stewart's "love of Stilton cheese" led to his arrest.
"Carl Stewart was involved in supplying large amounts of class A and B drugs, but was caught out by his love of Stilton cheese, after sharing a picture of a block of it in his hand through encrochat," Detective Inspector Lee Wilkinson said in a statement."
His palm and fingerprints were analysed from this picture and it was established they belonged to Stewart.
EncroChat, which offered a secure mobile phone instant messaging service, was a "criminal marketplace" used by 60,000 people worldwide for coordinating the distribution of illicit goods, money laundering and plotting to kill rivals, according to the UK's National Crime Agency.
Image: Merseyside Police