Barack Obama smoking an unknown substance in the 1970's
It's no secret that US President Barack Obama was a vigorous user of cocaine in his youth, admitting in his book "Dreams of My Father" to using cocaine and marijuana during his High School and College years.
Years later, Obama the American President is using his powers to pardon several individuals convicted of possessing and distributing the popular drug, blamed for horrific gang violence across the America's and the streets of Obama's USA.
US media reported late Friday President Obama was set to pardon five people who had a shady past involving cocaine, the include:
- Timothy James Gallagher of Navasota, Texas, who was sentenced in 1982 to three years' probation for possession and conspiracy to distribute cocaine;
- Roxane Kay Hettinger of Powder Springs, Georgia, who was sentenced in 1986 to 30 days in jail and three years of probation for conspiracy to distribute cocaine;
- Edgar Leopold Kranz Jr. of Minot, North Dakota, who received a bad conduct military discharge in 1994 for wrongful use of cocaine, adultery and writing three insufficient fund checks;
- Floretta Leavy of Rockford, Illinois, who was sentenced in 1984 to one year and one day in prison -- along with three years on parole -- for distribution and possession of cocaine, as well as possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; and
-- Scoey Lathaniel Morris of Crosby, Texas, who was sentenced in 1999 to three years' probation and required to pay $1,200 in restitution for passing counterfeit obligations or securities.
“The president was moved by the strength of the applicants’ postconviction efforts at atonement, as well as their superior citizenship and individual achievements in the years since their convictions,” said Reid Cherlin, a White House spokesman.
Its almost certain the Whitehouse will bee put under the pump by right-wing media and politicians over the moves to pardon the previously convicted cocaine dealers.
Obama was also set to pardon 4 other individuals convicted of various other offences, including a man who had commited a fellony for "cutting up pennies".