Mural of MMA mega star Conor McGregor indirectly helped bring down a notorious trafficker. The mural was painted on the side of a house of Ryan Palin in Clady, England.
Ryan Palin attended a hearing on Friday at Liverpool Crown Court. The 36-year-old trafficker was found guilty of supplying 700kg of c0caine, 15kg of her0in and 40kg of additional stuff after French and Dutch police forces successfully hacked his encrypted messaging network.
There was an interesting discovery during the investigation by the detectives. A mural of Conor McGregor helped them to identify Palin’s house when they were delving into his messaging network. Ryan Palin was identified to be the owner of ‘Titch.com’, an EncroChat handle.
While investigating, the detectives found a picture of McGregor’s mural that was uploaded from Palin’s phone onto EncroChat. The mural depicts Conor McGregor wearing a UFC championship belt and a gold crown, as well as sitting on a throne while holding a glass of wine.
They quickly identified the location of the mural and later found out that it was on the side of Palin’s house. They began a raid on December 9 of last year and secured assets worth hundreds and thousands of dollars. The assets include Rolex watches, Balenciaga clothing and Chanel handbags.
Following Palin’s conviction, Detective Sergeant Graeme Kehoe said he was surprised that Ryan Palin still chose to go to trial even though there is a lot of evidence.
“We welcome the verdict and sentence and now that Ryan Palin is behind bars and can no longer peddle huge amounts of drugs and misery on the streets of Merseyside and beyond.” Kohoe said.
“Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Palin chose to go to trial. Fortunately, the jury saw through his lies and Palin can now consider the consequences of his actions while he serves a significant time in jail.”
He added, “Palin’s substantial sentence should serve as a stark warning to anyone involved in this criminality that there are serious consequences. We simply won’t let people live off the profits of criminality while our law-abiding communities work hard to make an honest living – we will find you and bring you to justice.”