Powdered and crack cocaine are increasingly available throughout Illinois. The total amount of cocaine seized by law enforcement in the Chicago area increased 68 percent from 1997 to 1998. The Federal-wide Drug Seizure System (FDSS) indicates that the amount of cocaine seized in Illinois in FY1998 was equal to that of the 3 previous years combined. In 1998, over 9,000 kilograms of cocaine were seized in the Chicago area, and the amount of cocaine seized by the Chicago Police Department nearly doubled in 1999. The Chicago Police Department seized 757 kilograms of cocaine (street value $94 million) from a van on the Northwest Side in February 2000. The largest drug seizure in Chicago history took place in February 1999 when the Chicago Police Department confiscated over 1,100 kilograms of cocaine (street value $143 million) in the suburb of Crestwood.
Low prices and high purity levels also suggest that there is an abundant supply of cocaine throughout the state. Cocaine prices statewide averaged between $95 and $100 per gram for the past decade. Cocaine prices declined slightly in Chicago in 1998 while purity remained stable at 60 to 70 percent over the past decade in Chicago and statewide. See Table 3 for current prices in Chicago.
Table 3. Cocaine Prices, Chicago, 2000
|Amount||Crack Cocaine||Powdered Cocaine|
Source: DEA Chicago Field Division, Trends in the Traffic 2d Quarter FY2000.
Cocaine prices in New Jersey vary depending on the location and amount of the
sale; however, low, stable prices indicate that there is an abundant supply
of cocaine in New Jersey. (See Table 4.) Price differences between northern
(all counties above and including Monmouth) and southern (all counties below
Monmouth County) New Jersey indicate two distinct drug markets in the state.
Powdered cocaine costs slightly more in southern New Jersey, while crack costs
more in northern New Jersey. DEA reported that cocaine prices decreased slightly
in 2000, and are similar to 1998 prices. However, according to the Middle Atlantic-Great
Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN) Regional Drug Price
and Purity Report, powdered cocaine prices increased slightly from August 1997
to September 1999.
Table 4. Cocaine Prices (in Dollars), Northern and Southern New Jersey, 2000
|Weight||Northern New Jersey||Southern New Jersey|
|Eight Ball (1/8 ounce)||80-200||100-300|
|Eight Ball (1/8 ounce)||100-250||100-240|
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