Most Colombians are not drug dealers, but this stereotype haunts Colombians. Colombia is the world’s foremost exporter of cocaine.
Colombian drug cartels (associations), notably those in Medellin and Cali, have associates and hirelings in many countries, including the United States.
The United States has accused Colombian president Ernesto Samper, elected in 1994, of soliciting and accepting contributions from the drug traffickers.
But despite all the high-profile news reports, most Colombian immigrants are law-abiding people, not drug dealers.