Drug dealer’s shameless Christmas tree which formed part of his spectacular downfall

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Drug dealer’s shameless Christmas tree which formed part of his spectacular downfall


Drugs gang member Marvin Porcelli used drugs and cash to decorate his Christmas tree

Gang member Marvin Porcelli was a crucial cog in an extensive drugs supply network

A shameless criminal revelled in his exploits as he decorated his Christmas tree in cash and drugs.

Marvin Porcelli captured the tasteless festive spectacle in a photo that was later retrieved by police.

It added to the long list of evidence showcasing his key role in a major drugs gang about to spend Christmas behind bars.

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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.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he was involved in the storage, couriering, cutting and supply of drugs on behalf of those higher up the enterprise, with Judge Murray telling him: “The conspiracy could not have operated without the actions you took.”

Marvin Porcelli, 47 and of Gray Street in Bootle, admitted conspiracies to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis. He was jailed for seven years and six months
Marvin Porcelli, 47 and of Gray Street in Bootle, admitted conspiracies to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

Porcelli was linked to around 1kg of cocaine discovered when police raided his partner’s Wavertree 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 cocaine under 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 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.

Cocaine seized during a major operation targeting a Liverpool drugs gang. Image: Merseyside Police
Cocaine seized during a major operation targeting a Liverpool drugs gang.

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

Porcelli admitted conspiracies to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

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.


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