Some say tomato, some say tomahto. I like potato, you like potahto. You say cocaine, he says…Aunt Nora? That’s right, Aunt Nora. And that’s just one of the street names for cocaine. And there are many.
Most undercover cops will tell you that their assignment is sometimes a strange one, because they not only have to learn to “walk the walk,” they also have to learn an entirely new language—the street drug language. If the UC (undercover) doesn’t use the correct terminology for a drug in specific area then his cover is almost certain to be blown. Therefore, it is imperative that the officer study his subjects and their mannerisms and speech before approaching them. Can you imagine what would happen if an undercover officer walked up to a drug runner and asked, “May I please purchase a large quantity of d-lysergic acid diethylamide? I believe you cats call it acid out here on the mean streets.” Yeah, that would work…
So, to help your characters fit in a little better than our guy above, here are a few street names for, or relating to, illegal drugs.
Aspirin (powder cocaine)
Balling (hiding packaged cocaine in body cavities).
Base crazies -desperately and frantically searching on hands and knees for small amounts of spilled cocaine or bits of crack cocaine.
Behind the Scale – selling or packaging cocaine.
Beiging – altering cocaine with chemicals to make it appear of a higher quality, or purity.
Bernie, Bernie’s flakes, Bernie’s dust
Booster – inhaling cocaine
Brick – one kilo of cocaine
Clam Bake – sitting inside a small enclosed space ( a car, etc.) while smoking marijuana
Mow the grass – smoke marijuana
Oxycontin and Oxycodone
Forget Me Pill
Lunch money drug
Chalk (also refers to cocaine)