Scandal: cocaine worth more £200k found by police on UK’s top private school

Cocaine worth more than £200,000 was discovered at one of United Kingdom’s most prestigious private school following a police raid.

Police officers seized 1.5kg of the class A drug from staff accommodation at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

Justin Terry, caretaker of the £21,000-a-year school, has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamine, after the raid which was part of a police operation and investigation into drug supply networks in Hertfordshire.

While a certain Martin Walsh from Watford, also arrested after 2kg of cocaine and £37,000 in cash were found by police, was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply, and possession of criminal property.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, whose alumni include actors and comedians Sacha Baron Cohen and Matt Lucas, was named The Sunday Times Independent School of the Year in 2017.

A statement from the school said: “We are aware that a member of our non-teaching staff has been arrested and charged by Hertfordshire Police on drugs-related offences.

“The police have confirmed that the alleged offences do not relate in any way to other members of the school community.”

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