• Alcohol Facts
  • Crack rocks tend to be sold in sizes of approximately 0.1 to 0.2 grams, which sell for approximately $10 and $20, respectively.
  • Crack is a form of cocaine that has been chemically altered so that it can be smoked. The process changes cocaine into a chemical "base" which places it in a category of cocaine known as freebase.
  • In federal court today, low-level crack cocaine dealers and first-time offenders sentenced for the trafficking of crack cocaine receive an average sentence of 10 years and six months.
  • Low doses of crack may create a perception of enhanced feelings of sexuality, particularly in male users. Crack increases motor activity of users and reduces the perceived need for food and sleep.
Cocaine Prices
Cocaine prices in 2000 remained low and stable, suggesting a steady supply to the United States. Nationwide, wholesale cocaine prices ranged from $12,000 to $35,000 per kilogram. In most major metropolitan areas, however, the price of a kilogram of cocaine ranged from $13,000 to $25,000. Average purity for cocaine at the gram, ounce, and kilogram levels remained stable at high levels. In 2000, the average purity of a kilogram of cocaine was 75 percent. Typically, cocaine HCl is converted into crack cocaine, or “rock,” within the United States by the secondary wholesaler or retailer. Crack cocaine is often packaged in vials, glassine bags, and film canisters. The size of a crack rock can vary, but generally ranges from 1/10 to 1/2 gram. Rocks can sell for as low as $3 to as high as $50, but prices generally range from $10 to $20.

Powdered and crack cocaine are increasingly available throughout Illinois. The total amount of cocaine seized by law enforcement in the Chicago area increased 68 percent from 1997 to 1998. The Federal-wide Drug Seizure System (FDSS) indicates that the amount of cocaine seized in Illinois in FY1998 was equal to that of the 3 previous years combined. In 1998, over 9,000 kilograms of cocaine were seized in the Chicago area, and the amount of cocaine seized by the Chicago Police Department nearly doubled in 1999. The Chicago Police Department seized 757 kilograms of cocaine (street value $94 million) from a van on the Northwest Side in February 2000. The largest drug seizure in Chicago history took place in February 1999 when the Chicago Police Department confiscated over 1,100 kilograms of cocaine (street value $143 million) in the suburb of Crestwood.

Low prices and high purity levels also suggest that there is an abundant supply of cocaine throughout the state. Cocaine prices statewide averaged between $95 and $100 per gram for the past decade. Cocaine prices declined slightly in Chicago in 1998 while purity remained stable at 60 to 70 percent over the past decade in Chicago and statewide. See Table 3 for current prices in Chicago.

Table 3. Cocaine Prices, Chicago, 2000

Amount Crack Cocaine Powdered Cocaine
Rock $10    
Gram     $75-$100
Ounce $500$800 $900$1,100
Kilogram     $18,000$25,000

Source: DEA Chicago Field Division, Trends in the Traffic 2d Quarter FY2000

 

Cocaine prices in New Jersey vary depending on the location and amount of the sale; however, low, stable prices indicate that there is an abundant supply of cocaine in New Jersey. (See Table 4.) Price differences between northern (all counties above and including Monmouth) and southern (all counties below Monmouth County) New Jersey indicate two distinct drug markets in the state. Powdered cocaine costs slightly more in southern New Jersey, while crack costs more in northern New Jersey. DEA reported that cocaine prices decreased slightly in 2000, and are similar to 1998 prices. However, according to the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN) Regional Drug Price and Purity Report, powdered cocaine prices increased slightly from August 1997 to September 1999.

Table 4. Cocaine Prices (in Dollars), Northern and Southern New Jersey, 2000

Weight Northern New Jersey Southern New Jersey

Powdered Cocaine

Kilogram 22,000-30,000 27,000-30,000
Pound  7,000-20,000  9,000-15,000
Ounce   900-1,220   850-1,200
Eight Ball (1/8 ounce)  80-200 100-300
Gram 27-75  36-120
Bag  5-30 10-60

Crack Cocaine

Kilogram 18,000-35,000 18,000-30,000
Pound 10,000-20,000 10,000-15,000
Ounce   600-1,800   800-1,200
Eight Ball (1/8 ounce) 100-250 100-240
Gram 16-45 27-40
Bag  5-50  5-20

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