A "middle man" in the supply of heroin and cocaine was caught after he sent dozens of photos of his girlfriend's dachshund to underworld contacts via EncroChat.
Bobby Allen, from Liverpool, was described as a "middle man through whom other EncroChat users were able to source drugs" and he was rumbled because of his love for Dennis the dachshund.
Police discovered the "Little Book of Dennis", a photo album containing countless shots of the pet in Allen's bedroom when they raided his grandmother's home, the Liverpool ECHO reported.
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This ultimately identified the 27-year-old as the EncroChat user "AcidGlove", who had secretly been trading in huge quantities of class A and B illicit substances.
Liverpool Crown Court heard this afternoon, Tuesday, that messages on the encrypted communications platform evidenced that he had been involved in trafficking at least 14kg of heroin, 10kg of cocaine, 13kg of cannabis, 5kg of ketamine and 5,000 ecstasy tablets.
When Merseyside Police executed a search warrant at his nan's home in Roby on July 19 last year, officers recovered "The Little Book of Dennis".
He had sent numerous to pictures of the hound to his underworld contacts via EncroChat.
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In total, Allen – of no fixed address, but "born and bred" in Garston – had 76 other handles stored on his device and had been in contact with 47 of them.
He was described as a "middle man through whom other EncroChat users were able to source drugs".
Allen admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and cannabis during an earlier hearing. Appearing via video link to HMP Liverpool, he was jailed for 13 years.
Sentencing, Judge Denis Watson KC said: "By involving yourself in these offences, you have involved yourself in a trade of desperation and destitution. Quite simply, drugs wreak havoc on people's lives."
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