Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Cocaine

There are several types of paraphernalia associated with cocaine use, including smoking pipes and homemade filters. However, individuals may cut, prepare and snort the drug using household items such as razor blades, mirrors, and rolled paper or money. If an individual is found with small bags of cocaine and measuring equipment, this may indicate that he or she is selling cocaine.

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Cocaine Use

Cocaine may be used in a variety of ways. Users may smoke the drug using glass or metal pipes, or improvised materials such as tinfoil or broken light bulbs may be used. Pipes may be used to smoke various drugs, but the presence of a white residue may indicate cocaine use. When cocaine is smoked without a pipe, copper scouring pads or cigarette ash may be used as an improvised filter.

Cocaine may be snorted using straws or rolled-up dollar bills. Users may use a small mirror as a surface to snort the drug off of, and small marks on the mirror may indicate a razor blade was used to form the cocaine into doses on the mirror’s surface. Long narrow spoons may also be used to snort cocaine. Syringes may indicate intravenous cocaine use, and belts or bandannas may be used to constrict veins for easier injection. Finding these household items in unusual places may indicate cocaine use.

Drug Paraphernalia Used to Sell Cocaine

Cocaine sold in powder form may be portioned into small plastic re-sealable bags. Dealers may use a precise digital scale to measure portions into bags or small glass or plastic vials.

Cocaine dealers may use small, tightly-wrapped packages of cocaine, referred to as 8-balls. Small portions of cocaine are often double-wrapped in pieces of plastic garbage bags. Cocaine 8-balls may be wrapped in white plastic in portions about the size of a penny. This may be a way for dealers to avoid detection, as 8-balls may be easily hidden or swallowed if the individual is at risk of detection by law enforcement.

Other Signs of Cocaine Use

Along with the presence of drug paraphernalia, behavioral signs are important indicators that a friend or loved one may be using cocaine. Wearing long-sleeved shirts may conceal scars from intravenous cocaine use. Users may have burned fingers or scorched clothing or hair from lighting cocaine. Addiction to cocaine may lead to erratic sleeping habits, anxiety, paranoia, and isolation from friends and family members. Individuals may have bloodshot eyes and become irritable due to mood swings. Meeting many new and different people may be a sign of cocaine dealing.

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