Cocaine dealer decked Christmas tree with drugs leading to his downfall

Marvin Porcelli, 47, who has spent this festive season behind bars, captured the tasteless spectacle in a photo and it was found by police. Liverpool Crown Court heard he was involved in the storage, cutting and supply of drugs for a “professional, sophisticated and successful” criminal gang.

Porcelli admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

He had become involved with the gang to pay off drug debts.

Police found around 1kg of cocaine when they raided his partner’s home in Wavertree in March this year, the court heard.

Asked if there was anything else, Porcelli simply replied: “Class A drugs.”

Further containers each with almost 500g of cocaine were found under pillows on the bed and the haul totalled at least £37,000.

When they raided Porcelli’s own home in Bootle three weeks later, police found tick lists and wraps of “white powder” including one in a pair of Ralph Lauren shorts.

The photo of the Christmas tree was spotted on one of several phones also recovered.

Porcelli, a carer, played an “operational function” in a network of criminals.

Judge Anil Murray told him that despite the size of the gang, the “conspiracy could not have operated without the actions you took”.

Porcelli, who told the court he was now drug-free, was jailed for seven and a half years.



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It was used as part of an extensive list of evidence which helped prove his key role in a drugs gang and led to him spending Christmas in prison.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Porcelli played an “operational function” in a large criminal network of others.

It was described by Judge Anil Murray as running “a large, professional, sophisticated, well-planned, well-organised and successful” operation.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he was involved in storage, couriering, cutting and supply of drugs on behalf of others higher up the organisation.

Cocaine seized during a major operation targeting the drugs gang

The Liverpool Echo reports Judge Murray told him: “The conspiracy could not have operated without the actions you took.”

Porcelli was linked to around 1kg of cocaine discovered when police raided his partner’s home on March 1 of this year.

Officers forced their way into the home, where they found Porcelli and asked him whether there were any drugs at the property.

He simply replied: “Class A drugs.”

In the searches that followed they recovered two containers each holding almost 500g of cocainender the pillows on a bed.

The drugs were given a combined estimated value of at least £37,000.

When they raided his own home in Bootle three weeks later, police found tick lists and wraps of “white powder” – including one retrieved from a pair of Ralph Lauren shorts.

The photo of the Christmas tree was retrieved from one of several phones also recovered

The court heard the 47-year-old was a carer and had become involved in criminality due to drug debts – but that he was now drug-free.

He was jailed for seven years and six months.

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