Police in South Wales have arrested a drug trafficker based on a WhatsApp message with a photograph of the merchant's hand holding an assortment of pills, according to a BBC report.
The first convictions in Wales based on fingerprints of a photo
Although the photo only offers a glimpse of a small part of the distributor's fingerprints, which were not entirely helpful in locating the distributor, forensic scientists were able to use those parts to confirm that the suspect's identity matched the person police I had captured.
According to Dave Thomas, a representative of the scientific support unit of the South Wales Police, the 11 arrests made through the bust mark the first convictions in Wales based on fingerprints of a photo. He also talks about the improvement in smartphone camera technology in recent years, where seemingly innocuous images are now detailed enough to serve as forensic evidence when it comes to identifying people.