When Sajid Javid was announced as home secretary last month, he lost no time in posing with a sniffer dog and promising to be tough on drugs.
It appears the message did not make it around his department.
Police were called to the Home Office after a stash of crystal meth and a smoking pipe were found in a disabled toilet there – just four days after Mr Javid took over.
The highly addictive class A was first spotted by security guards at the department’s headquarters in Westminster on May 3, the Sunday Mirror reports.
Embarrassingly, the find came on the same day Mr Javid – who took over from Amber Rudd on Apil 30 – posted a picture of himself with a Border Force officer and a sniffer dog at Heathrow Airport.
He tweeted: “We have impressive four-legged friends helping sniff out drugs, cash and illicit goods. Go Trigger!”
It was the third discovery of its kind in six months at the department – which is responsible for overseeing the UK’s drug policies. In April, cocaine was found in the building, which itself followed another batch of crystal meth being discovered there in December.
Yet police have not initiated a full investigation, with Government officials unable to say why.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “The police advised no further action was needed. 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.”
Scotland Yard confirmed officers attended. A spokesperson said: “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.”
Visitors to the Home Office must go through rigorous checks before entry, including both body and bag scans. But staff have passes which allow them entry through automatic gates without bags being searched.