CIA and crack conspiracy theories
I’ve heard comments in the past about how Ronald Reagan and the CIA served up crack to the African-American and poor communities in a conspiracy theory or two. Here’s a good article the explains the basis behind said claims.
In 1996, Gary Webb, a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News wrote a series of expose pieces, “Dark Alliance,” that centered around the CIA and their possible dealings with Central America ‘s drug culture, a San Francisco drug ring, and an L.A. drug kingpin. According to the stories, the CIA and its operatives used crack cocaine — sold via the Los Angeles African-American community — to raise millions to support the agency’s clandestine operations in Central America. Since the general public had suspicions about the intelligence agency anyway from its rather spotty past, the articles were pretty believable.