'Crystal meth' found at the Home Office 4 years ago

'Crystal meth' found at the Home Office

The maximum penalty for possession of the substance is seven years

Class A drugs, reported to be crystal meth, were found at the Home Office headquarters, the government department has confirmed.

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Police removed a "small quantity" of the substance from a communal area of the department’s Westminster office on Marsham Street on May 3.

The Home Office building where 5,000 staff work (Credit: Peter MacDiarmid)
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The crystal meth is understood to have been discovered in a disabled toilet in the building, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Police were called in by security guards who discovered the discarded substance.

A Home Office spokesman said: "A small quantity of drugs was found within the 2 Marsham Street estate. The incident was referred to the police by building security, who attended the site and removed the substance.

"The police advised no further action was needed.

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"We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously, always ensure that proper procedures are followed and take appropriate action based on the advice of the police."

A bit of methamphetamine (Credit: Fiona Goodall)

The incident happened a few days after Sajid Javid replaced Amber Rudd as home secretary.

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A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the drugs were found in "a communal area by security staff" and police attended at 5pm on 3 May.

"The substance was seized by officers and taken to a local police station. Advice was provided to security staff. No suspects have been identified at this time."