11 Politicians Who Have (Allegedly) Used Cocaine

Here, you'll find a list of politicians who have allegedly used cocaine. While there are an impressive number of politicians who have no problem admitting to their former pot smoking days, it’s rare to see a politician confess to having used cocaine. Harder drugs carry extra stigma. Visions of corruption in politics, often encouraged via pop culture, are often dotted with parties filled with heavy cocaine use. However, there have only been a handful of politicians who were actually arrested for using cocaine, or even investigated for possible usage. Whether this is because of political influence, powerful connections, or far fewer drug users in politics is unknown. One thing is certain, however: there are fewer politicians who have been associated with cocaine usage than you’d think.

The reception to an admission of cocaine usage from politicians has varied significantly. President Barack Obama and David Paterson both openly and casually admitted to using cocaine more than once with relatively little fanfare. However, when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to using cocaine, he became an international joke and target of much public scrutiny. Politicians like Marion Barry and Trey Radel are among the very few politicians to ever be arrested in a drug bust. Many of the politicians on this list denied their alleged cocaine usage, despite rumors and witnesses.

Which politicians have allegedly used cocaine? This list features politicians who have cocaine rumors, have openly admitted to drug use, or who were arrested on charges related to cocaine.