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List of politicians arrested for drugs and drug possession. The War on Drugs in the United States has led the country to become the most imprisoned nation in the world. Even though the United States only represents about five percent of the world’s population, they hold 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. This system has created lifelong marginalisation of those who have spent time behind bars. These rules on drugs are put in place and voted on by elected politicians but there have been some occasions in-which politicians have been arrested for use of or possession of drugs.
From crack to marijuana, cocaine to methamphetamines, politicians have been arrested in connection with various different drugs. The most recent case was the bizarre story of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford but drug busts involving politicians are not that common. Usually, there is so much red tape surrounding the lives of politicians that law enforcement need to take special/extra precautions to make sure everything in the investigation is above board. So with politicians being the creators of the War on Drugs and (sometimes) its greatest proponents its always interesting to see which of them get caught for using illicit drugs. So, which politicians have been busted for drugs? From the rural towns, major cities, state legislators and politicians at the highest level of government, countless lawmakers (even those who have happily backed draconian drug policies) have landed in legal and political trouble for drug-related reasons. Here are 12 politicians who ruined their bright political careers due drug abuse, drug possession or just to a severe lapse in judgement as powered by Ranker.