The Colombian government will not tolerate the illeict possession or traffic in drugs. Most people caught with coke are jailed. In the Airport they have sniffer dogs and all your personal belongings are searched. Although Colombia is famous for Cocaine exports l did not see many Colombian people who actually took this drug only foreigners. I happened to be at an opening of an art gallery when l went to the bathroom and found this girl with a plastic bag full coke doing line upon line of it. Heaven for some, jail for others.. If you are asked to carry a package when in the airport say no. Pack your own luggage and never ever ask someone to look out for it or mind it if you have to go to the toilet, take it with you.
Beware the foolish traveller or drug user/abuser.!!!
When out and about here you will be confronted quite often by dealers ..Do not stop and talk with these morons. Police are watching costantly, especially as a tourist you are a target
. For foolish visiting users !!...this is not the place to enjoy your habit..Although known as the "Coke" capital of the world the police here are extremely strict with this insane activity and have been at war with the drug cartels for years. Everyone in the world I am sure is aware of the drug wars in Colombia..Life is cheap here.
Due to poor wages that police receive, corruption is everywhere and the police will take any opportunity to stop you. .Always carry a photo copy of your passport when out and about...do not give them your passport!! Always use the photo copy if asked for your passport..say it is at your hotel. They are known to do anything for a bribe.
I saw blatant "police entrapment" at work as soon as I arrived in Medellin..a foolish young American buying "dope" and immediately arrested by plain clothes undercover drug police. It was easy to see that it was a set-up as no sooner had he paid for the transaction ..he was busted ..This of course entails a HUGE bribe then to the arresting police , the dealer gets his drugs back , and keeps the money from the sale and all are happy with their easy $$$$"s... except the stupid user.. The police corruption is rife here.. Silly Gringos!!!
Drug users play a dangerous and expensive game down here.