Photographs of Cocaine and Crack Cocaine

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Raw Cocaine

Raw Cocaine
This is a closeup photo of raw cocaine before it is crushed to be snorted or liquified to be injected. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Here are photographs from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of cocaine and crack cocaine in various forms and stages, from small street-level amounts to shiploads.

Cocaine is a drug (paste) extracted from the leaves of the South American coca plant. It is a strong stimulate that effects the body's central nervous system.

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Powdered Cocaine

Powdered cocaine
Cocaine in white powder form. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Cocaine is a white crystalline powder. It is often mixed with sugar, cornstarch, vitamins and flour.

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Bagged Cocaine

Bagged Cocaine
Cocaine wrapped in plastic and ready to be used or sold. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. Nearly one percent of Americans, or 2.1 million people, are currently using cocaine.

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Baggies of Cocaine

Cocaine in baggies
Cocaine in small baggies, ready for sale. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

This photo shows how cocaine usually appears as it is sold by street dealers, in small plastic bags.

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Cocaine Bricks

Cocaine Bricks
Kilograms of cocaine as they appear when smuggled in bulk. These bricks, wrapped in paper showing a scorpion logo, were seized by the DEA. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

As cocaine is being smuggled into the United States or transported from one region to another, it is usually in the form of "bricks" that usually weigh about one kilogram, or 2.2 pounds.

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Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine
Crack is cocaine in rock form, which is smoked in pipes. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Crack cocaine looks like a small rock, chunk or chip and it is sometimes off-white or pink in color.

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Crack Cocaine Bags

Crack cocaine bags
This is crack cocaine shown in small baggies as it is sold on the street. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

These are typical baggies of crack cocaine as they are sold by street dealers. The "rocks" are placed in a pipe and smoked.

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Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine rocks
Here is another form of crack cocaine "rocks.". U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Crack cocaine creates a strong sense of exhilaration. Users generally feel invincible, carefree, alert, euphoric and have a lot of energy.

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Coca Leaves

Coca leaves
This photo shows the coca leaves from which cocaine is manufactured. Indiana Prevention Resource Center

Raw cocaine is processed from coca leaves like these into a fine white powder.

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Smuggled Cocaine

Smuggle cocaine
This shows how cocaine is packaged in bulk form when it is smuggled. This is 9,291 kilograms of cocaine seized aboard a ship by the DEA. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Because cocaine is usually shipped in bulk it is difficult to conceal, like these bricks that were confiscated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Cocaine Baggie

Cocaine baggie
Raw cocaine wrapped in a plactic baggie and ready to be sold. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Cocaine is a potent and dangerous. The short-term and long-term effects of cocaine are equally dangerous. The dangers of experiencing cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory failure is equal in both short and long term abuse.

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Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine
Another form of crack cocaine. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

After crack cocaine is cooked down from powdered cocaine, it can sometimes appear to have a pink color like these rocks.

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