At the home of former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, traces of a substance thought to be cocaine have now reportedly been discovered.
The substance was reportedly found during the summer at Truss’s old grace-and-favor home, which was a mansion given to important officials when they were in government, according to the report from the Guardian.
The chemical, according to a cleaning staff member, was discovered during a gathering that Truss and her associates attended.
When a sample of the substance proved positive in a cocaine test, it was reportedly determined to be cocaine.
Cocaine, along with heroin, crack cocaine, and other hard narcotics, is categorized as a Class A substance in the U.K., carrying the worst punishment for possession.
A “infinite” fine, up to seven years in jail, or both are possible penalties for violators. The drug’s production and delivery are punishable by up to life in prison.
In addition the Guardian also reported that the drug had also reportedly been used at the prime minister’s residence 10 Downing Street when Truss was allegedly present there. However no hard evidence that Truss herself used or distributed the drug has yet been officially uncovered.
For her part, Truss has categorically denied the charges labeling them as “untrue” rumors.
Truss served as prime minister for only 45 days. Her predecessor as chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, delivered a mini-budget in late September that sent the UK government bond markets into a tailspin and compelled the Bank of England to spend billions of pounds purchasing government debt in order to preserve market stability.