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- Rob Ford's shocking admission that he used crack cocaine and subsequent public unraveling both stunned and amused people all over the world. The Toronto mayor said he is not addicted to drugs but that he tried crack roughly a year ago while in a "drunken stupor."
Update 5/1/2014: Six months after his initial confession, another video surfaced of him allegedly smoking crack, causing him to announce he would seek treatment for substance abuse. Ford said he is “ready to take a break” from his reelection campaign (though he'll stay on the ballot!) and “go get help.”
Trey RadelIn October 2013, Florida Representative Trey Radel was arrested for possession of cocaine by an FBI task force. After pleading guilty to cocaine possession, Radel got one year of supervised probation, took a leave of absence from his Congressional position, and entered rehab.
Willie Gandara JrIn November 2012, the El Paso County Commissioner Willie Gandara Jr. was arrested for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison for drug smuggling, ending his once promising career in politics.
Steven KatzNew York State assemblyman, Steven Katz, proved to be a hypocrite of the worst kind when he was arrested for possession of marijuana, despite his staunch anti-drug stand. In March 2013, he received a ticket and probation, but no jail time.
Takuma SakuragiJapanese politician Takuma Sakuragi was arrested on October 31, 2013, in China for possession of 50 grams of methamphetamine. Sakuragi's people claim that he's being framed for his tough diplomacy stance with China and South Korea. If convicted, the 70 year old politician could face the rest of his life in prison.
Danny SparksAs if drug possession as a politician wasn't bad enough, Kentucky Mayor Danny Sparks was arrested for selling marijuana near an elementary school. Sparks had been investigated for weeks before an undercover informant busted him. He immediately resigned from office and was charged with a felony for trafficking marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.
- Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry's arrest was one of the most public political drug busts of all time. In January 1990, Barry was caught on tape in a sting operation and arrested for crack use by the FBI. Although he was charged with multiple felonies, some of the jury felt as if he was set up, and therefore only sentenced for 6 months in federal prison.