Senior govt drugs adviser arrested in crack cocaine raid
Nigel Voden, 48, was detained when police raided flats in Harrow, northeast London.
“We went to an address in Harrow as part of an ongoing investigation,” a Scotland Yard spokesperson told the Telegraph.
“Four men aged 18, 25, 37 and 48 were arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and Class B drugs with intent to supply. All four were later bailed to come back to us in December.”
Voden is reported to be a former immigration officer and chairman of the Home Office’s group for gay, bisexual and transgender staff.
He recently worked on a project to reform the late night levy, under which bars and clubs can be charged by local councils for staying open late.
The Home Office confirmed to the Telegraph that a member of staff had been suspended. “It would not be appropriate to comment further as it is now a matter for the police,” it said.
“The Home Office expects the highest standards of personal integrity from all its staff.”
A Home Office report published in July suggested there has been a decline in drug use among youngsters, but a rise in middle-aged adults taking illegal substances.
The number of 16- to 39-year-olds taking illegal drugs was down from 17.4 percent in 1999 to 13 percent in 2014-15, the report found.
However, drug use among 40- to 59-year-olds had risen from 2.5 percent to 3.6 percent.
In the past year, over half a million middle-aged adults aged 40 to 59 took illegal drugs, with nearly 92,000 using cocaine and 400,000 smoking cannabis.