Date Published

February 11, 2020

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS 5.2


In Street Drugs Part 1: The Light Weights, we reviewed some of the terms used when referring to the weights of street drugs. Here, we™ll list the heavier or larger quantities sold and bought.

Measure: 8 Ball Describes 1/8th of an ounce of a hard drug or 3.5grams.

Measure: Ounce / Zip / Onion / O Describes 1oz, or 28g of drug. Many low level drug dealers purchase street drugs by the ounce and sell by the gram.

Measure: 9 Pack Describes 9oz of drug. Term is usually reserved to describe hard drugs such as crack, cocaine, meth and heroine. Lower to mid-level drug dealers generally purchase street drugs by the 9 pack.

Measure: Backpack / Half-Plate / Half-Key Describes 18oz of drug or 0.5kg. This reflects mid-level trafficking.

Measure: Key / Plate / Brick Describes 1kg of hard drug. Generally speaking, hard drugs are sold by the kilogram, however marijuana is sold by the pound.


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