Cocaine is a highly potent stimulant that is considered to be one of the greatest drug threats to the world because of the violence associated with trafficking and use, the physical and psychological effects associated with its use, and the costs to society as a whole.
After injecting cocaine “my heart felt like it was pounding.”
Wholesale cocaine traffickers purchase cocaine from importers and regional distributors usually in kilogram or multi-kilogram allotments. This is generally the manner in which cocaine is shipped from Colombia or other cocaine producing countries to the United States and other consuming countries. Once the cocaine reaches its "consuming country," other wholesalers package the powder cocaine into retail quantities (ounces or grams) or convert the powdered cocaine into crack for retail sales.
There is great risk whether cocaine is ingested by inhalation (snorting), injection, or smoking. It appears that compulsive cocaine use may develop even more rapidly if the substance is smoked rather than snorted. Smoking allows extremely high doses of cocaine to reach the brain very quickly and brings an intense and immediate high. The injecting drug user is at risk for transmitting or acquiring HIV infection/AIDS if needles or other injection equipment are shared.
The profits of the Mexican drug cartels are thought to be worth about $40 billion each year.
In Mexico, one-fifth of the population live on less than $2.00 per day.
In New York City a gram of cocaine will cost about $75.00. A drug courier in Ecuador will get less than $3.00.
In Colombia, a kilo of cocaine is worth $1000 U.S. dollars. In the U.S. a kilo is worth $25 to $30 thousand dollars. In Europe a kilo is worth $70 to 80 thousand U.S. dollars.
Paco is the left over chemicals from making cocaine. It is popular in the slums of South America. It is a poor man's crack cocaine.>