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Cocaine traces found at former UK PM’s retreat – Guardian

Chevening estate news.

Staff at a government ‘grace-and-favour’ home reportedly found white powder residue after a Tory event last summer.

Traces of cocaine were reportedly found by staff working at a UK government grace-and-favour home after parties attended by political allies of former Prime Minister and foreign secretary Liz Truss, The Guardian reported on Friday.

The white powder was allegedly found in the Chevening estate – a 115-room mansion traditionally granted to the foreign secretary – last summer, in the days before Truss won the party leadership race and became prime minister.

Sources claim that the class A drug was present at at least two parties – one held in late August at the height of Truss’ political campaign, and another on the first weekend of September, just days before she won the position. Both parties are believed to have been personally attended by Truss and her political allies.

Employees of the estate told The Guardian that they tested the substance using a swab which changes color when it comes into contact with cocaine and found that the white powder did in fact contain traces of the drug.

Other sources said that similar white powder was found in the offices at No 10 Downing Street after two lockdown parties held when Boris Johnson was at the helm of the UK government, the outlet reports.

The newspaper notes, however, that there is “no suggestion that Truss or Johnson themselves used the drug or that they would have been aware if drugs were used or present.”

Possession of cocaine is considered a criminal offense under UK law and is punishable by up to seven years in prison as well as attracting an unlimited fine. British officials, including Truss, had previously called for a crackdown on recreational drug users in the country and have proposed harsher punishments for offenders, such as passport confiscation and nightclub bans.

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  1. A journalist has drug tested House of Commons toilets and locations frequented by MPs and found traces of cocaine in almost half of them.
    Vice reporter Michael Segalov took “coke swabs” – which turn blue when they detect the drug – and tested them out on nine locations across the Houses of Parliament, and four came up for cocaine residue.
    One of these places was the Norman Shaw North, a building of offices for MPs; traces of cocaine were found in the sinks in a men’s bathroom on the third floor, where he used the swab and it turned blue, an indication, according to the journalist, that cocaine was present on the surface.
    In the same building on the second floor bathroom, another swab turned blue, though it was “less concentrated.”
    Toilets in The Woolsack (a social club) showed “small traces” of cocaine and toilets near the Strangers’ Bar, accessible to any parliamentary passholders, MPs, visitors who attend functions and events, public officials and journalists, showed “a huge amount of cocaine residue.”


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