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Marvin Porcelli took photographs of his unusually decorated tree only for police to use it as evidence against him in court

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Marvin Porcelli

Marvin Porcelli

Marvin Porcelli

A drug dealer who decorated his Christmas tree by festooning it with cash and bags of cocaine has seen his brazen festive gesture badly backfire. 

Marvin Porcelli took photographs of his unusually decorated tree only for police to use it as evidence against him in court where he was later sentenced to seven years and six months in jail.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how Porcelli played a key role in a major drugs gang that cops took down earlier this year.

The 47-year-old was involved in the storage, couriering, cutting and supply of drugs on behalf of those higher up the enterprise.

According to information gathered by detectives, Porcelli played an “operational function” in a network of criminals described by Judge Anil Murray as running “a large, professional, sophisticated, well-planned, well-organised and successful” operation.

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

When officers forced their way into the Wavertree home, and asked Porcelli whether there were any drugs at the property, he simply replied: “Class A drugs.”

In follow up searches cops recovered two containers each holding almost 500g of cocaine under the pillows on a bed.

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

When they raided his own home in Gray Street, 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.

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Porcelli admitted conspiracies to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

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Deck the halls..

Deck the halls..

Deck the halls..

The court heard Porcelli was a carer and had become involved in criminality due to drug debts - but that he was now drug-free.

But he was sentenced to seven years and six months in jail.

Judge Murray told him: “The conspiracy could not have operated without the actions you took."

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