We have come to the conclusion that there is no conclusive proof that there ever was a broad-based Contra operation to introduce cocaine into the United States and neither was the alleged operation aimed at any certain ethnic group or location. We instead know that although Nicaraguan Contras and other political groups, alike, were involved in illegal drug trafficking, they did so to a much smaller extent than other Latin American countries and groups within the United States. There is also no conclusive evidence that the CIA administration deliberately ignored the trafficking for fear of endangering the success of the anti- Sandinista operation with the Contras.
The entire event was initially instigated by a three-part series published
in the San Jose, California Mercury News by Gary Webb who alleged that
Contra contacts were waging a campaign to introduce crack cocaine into
the African-American communities of California in coalition with the CIA.
Numerous US government representatives began to push for investigations
as did public media and ethnic organizations. We believe that the rumors
were fueled, in part, by the fact that the CIA was involved with the
Contras in the Iran-Contra affair and Nicaragua had acquired a mysterious
stigma, thus making rumors about it more believable.