In what could begin a new era for forensic science, the police in Britain have arrested a drug dealer based on fingerprints they found on a WhatsApp image sent by the criminal to his clients.
The photograph showed part of the dealer’s hand and there was potentially a fingerprint.
The scientific support unit scanned the image into its system but could not find a match because the photograph contained just parts of the middle and bottom of a finger visible while records only keep the top part.
However, other evidence was enough for the police to guess who was behind the drugs operation.
Police arrested a man on a tip-off that said drugs were being sold in Wales. While checking his phone, they found an image of the drug dealer named Elliott Morris holding ecstasy tablets in his palm.
According to a police officer, the dealers are using the technology not to get caught and the police need to keep up with advancements.