Common Street Drugs
Hollywood Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit utilizes an array of tactics to combat this dilemma, the one such tactic is to target the dealers with buy-bust operation, because drug trafficking is a common problem in the country. Undercover Officers purchase narcotics from street level dealers, and then Officers will make an arrest. The Unit also conducts reverse drug stings which target the buyer of the narcotics. Undercover officers, posing as dealers, will sell narcotics to buyers who are immediately taken into custody. Officers also establish probable cause and serve search warrants on premises suspected of dealing narcotics. These tactics have been used with great success in the past. The Crime Suppression Unit comes into contact with a vast amount of narcotics. Listed below are some of the drugs our Officers encounter most frequently:
Most commonly referred to as Marijuana. The narcotic is also known as; Pot, Reefer, Grass, Weed, Herb, Joint, Doobie, Blunt, Chronic, Skunk Weed, etc… Usually a green, leafy substance, the naturally occurring chemical THC is found in cannabis. It can have a depressant effect in low doses, but can have a hallucinatory effect in moderate to high dosage. Mostly smoked in hand rolled cigarettes or in water cooled pipes called bongs. Another popular method of smoking marijuana is compacting it into hollowed out cigars called “blunts”. Most marijuana consumed is now cultivated in the U.S. Stronger forms of the drug are grown hydroponically in indoor labs.
Commonly referred to as; “X, XTC, Zen, M, Beans, Rolls.” The drug is seen more and more with today’s youth drug culture and can often be found at all night “rave” parties, nightclubs and after hours clubs. It is a powerful stimulant psychedelic drug related to methamphetamine. Ecstasy usually comes in tablet form. The tablets come in a variety of shapes and colors, although they often appear similar to an aspirin tablet. They will often have unusual designs or images stamped into the tablet. It may be mixed with other drugs (heroin, cocaine) and produce hallucinations. Ecstasy is usually made in homemade labs with the predominant ingredient being the extremely powerful designer drug MDMA. Users of this drug typically drink water or fruit juice to replenish the body with fluids as the drug combined with fervent dancing associated with the users high causes’ dehydration. Paraphernalia associated with ecstasy includes: water, orange juice, Vicks Vapor Rub, Vicks inhalers, surgical masks, lollipops and pacifiers.
Commonly referred to as “Grievous Bodily Harm”, the drug Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid or GHB is a compound that initially was used by body builders to stimulate muscle growth. In recent years, it has become popular with young adults who attend raves or private night clubs. GHB is available in both liquid and powder forms. GHB depresses the central nervous system, and it is often abused for euphoric, sedative and anabolic (bodybuilding) effects. GHB is odorless and nearly tasteless. Users report that GHB induces a state of relaxation. The effects can be felt within 10 to 20 minutes after ingestion. The high lasts approximately one and a half to four hours. GHB has reportedly been used in cases of date rape. Because GHB is odorless and tasteless, it can be slipped into someone’s drink without detection. Coma and seizures can occur following abuse of GHB, and when used with methamphetamine, there is an increased risk of seizure. Combining use with other drugs such as alcohol can result in nausea and difficulty breathing. GHB may also produce withdrawal effects, such as insomnia, anxiety, tremors, and sweating. GHB has been linked to at least 58 deaths nationwide since 1990 and more than 5,700 recorded overdoses according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Commonly referred to as; “Coke, nose candy, powder, blow, snow…” Cocaine is a naturally occurring stimulant found in the coca bush plant; it is processed into street level cocaine by hydrochloride; generally in a white or off-white color. Users can overdose due to the constriction of blood vessels and increased heart rate. The most common manner of consumption is through snorting, but it can also be injected or smoked. Cocaine is commonly packaged in tin packets, plastic baggies, or capsules. Paraphernalia includes; mirrors, razor blades, straws, rolled up bills and small spoons
Commonly referred to as; “Roofies, Roofs, Roche, Ropies, Roach….” A pharmaceutical product not legal in the U.S., but used abroad as a pre-surgery relaxant. Rohyponol’s effects are similar to Quaaludes, but much more stronger and severe. “Roofies” come in tablet form and they are commonly referred to, and they have often been used as a “date rape” drug. Unsuspecting women have had the drug slipped into their drinks and they have been sexually assaulted while under the influence of the drug. The drug tends to drop a persons inhibitions and their ability to fight back by causing the victim to go into a drunken like stupor. The drug also causes memory loss.
LSD is the most common hallucinogen. LSD was discovered in 1938 by Dr. Albert Hofmann and is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. LSD is classified under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which includes drugs with no medical use and/or high potential for abuse.
LSD, commonly referred to as “acid,” is sold on the street in tablets, capsules, or occasionally in liquid form. It is odorless and colorless, with a slightly bitter taste, and is usually taken by mouth. LSD is usually sold as “blotter acid”, where the drug is imprinted on small, colorful sheets of paper. A single dose costs approximately $4-$5 and, the effects can last from 3 to 12 hours.
Users refer to their experience with LSD as a “trip”, and to acute adverse reactions as a “bad trip”. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, and loss of control. Flashbacks can occur even when use has ceased. Most users of LSD voluntarily decrease or st
op its use over time. LSD is not considered to be an addicting drug because it does not produce compulsive drug-seeking behavior like cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, alcohol, or nicotine do.
Crack Cocaine is commonly referred to as; “Rock, Parley, Slab, Cookie, Piece….” The cocaine is boiled down in water using a combination of baking soda to remove the impurities. This produces rock like pieces that are smoked with homemade glass pipes, base pipes, or bent aluminum cans. Crack cocaine is even more addicting than cocaine, with the same effects, only enhanced highs from the smoking process. Gravel, soap, and wax are some of the items used by sellers to imitate crack so they can rip off drug buyers.
Commonly referred to as; “Smack, Junk, Powder, Scag, Brownstone, China…” This drug was once thought to be the answer for a non addictive solution to morphine addiction, but turned out to be the one of the most highly addictive drugs of all. Ranging in color from white, brown, and black, heroin has traditionally been injected. Heroin usage decreased for a period of time due to this unpleasant method of consumption. Intelligence reports indicate, however, that heroin is making a comeback as it is now popular to ingest it in smokable form. It is found in tin foils, plastic baggies, or capsules. The capsule itself is not swallowed, but used to transport the drug. Heroin is much more potent today that in previous years and just as dangerous and addictive.
Special K is ketamine hydrochloride, a drug widely used as an animal tranquilizer by veterinarians in pet surgery. Normally found in injectable form, it is converted into a powder and re-packaged in small zip lock bags or capsules. Ketamine is generally snorted. It is a powerful hallucinogen. Special K is usually snorted but is sometimes sprinkled on tobacco or marijuana and smoked. Special K is frequently used in combination with other drugs, such as Ecstasy, heroin and cocaine.
Users sometimes call the high caused by Special K, “K hole” and describe profound hallucinations that include visual distortions and a lost sense of time, sense and identity. The high lasts anywhere from a half-hour to 2 hours.
Ketamine was first synthesized by a pharmaceutical company in the early 1960s to be used as an anesthetic for surgeries. Special K, or powdered ketamine, emerged as a stimulant drug in the 1970s and was known as “Vitamin K” in the underground club scene in the year1980s. It resurfaced as “Special K” in the period of 1990s in the rave scene.