This Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Intelligence Report contains new and updated information on slang terms and code words from a variety of law enforcement and open sources, and serves as an updated version to the product entitled “Drug Slang Code Words” published by the DEA in May 2017. It is designed as a ready reference for law enforcement personnel who are confronted with hundreds of slang terms and code words used to identify a wide variety of controlled substances, designer drugs, synthetic compounds, measurements, locations, weapons, and other miscellaneous terms relevant to the drug trade. Although every effort was made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information presented, due to the dynamics of the ever-changing drug scene, subsequent additions, deletions, and corrections are inevitable. Future addendums and updates to this report will attempt to capture changed terminology to the furthest extent possible. This compendium of slang terms and code words is alphabetically ordered, with new additions presented in italic text, and identifies drugs and drug categories in English and foreign language derivations.
Download the detailed PDF: Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel, July 2018 (125 pages)
Two ways to do a look-up: Drug to slang, slang to drug.
This product was prepared by the DEA Houston Division. Comments and questions may be addressed to the Chief, Analysis and Production Section at DEA.IntelligenceProducts [at]
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Prior report for 2017 can be found here: Drug Slang Code Words (7 pages)
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