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The cocaine economy A top-level distributor in a city the size of Louisville a category that federal authorities say included Zelner Hamilton Jr. might pay $25,000 per kilogram for a six-kilogram purchase of cocaine powder, or $150,000. Investigators came to believe Hamilton was purchasing cocaine in that amount from someone in Chicago although from whom, they never determined. Federal authorities say it would not be unusual for six kilograms of cocaine to ultimately produce 48,000 "rocks" of crack cocaine, if they have an ff 3 -e TV "-y'S is &y2 ' b -4. ? v, v. si average weight of one-quarter gram. Rocks of that weight may sell for $25, which would mean the sale of six kilograms could put a total of $1 .2 million into the hands of many street-level dealers. Hamilton, police say, was never a street-level dealer, but cocaine distributed by his network is believed to have fed many street dealers in Louisville. Typically, to transform six kilograms of cocaine powder into crack, the cocaine is mixed or "cut" with baking soda, "cooked" with water and then dried into a harder substance. The remaining crack can be broken into small pieces, or rocks, ranging from one-tenth to one-half gram in weight. This can be done in an ordinary household Vs &H ,,

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 01 Dec 1997, Mon,
  4. Page 2

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