In Drug Trafficking cases, if the cocaine or other drug is “cut” or mixed with another substance then how do they weight the actual amount of cocaine or other drugs?

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Q: In Drug Trafficking cases, if the cocaine or other drug is “cut” or mixed with another substance then how do they weight the actual amount of cocaine or other drugs?

A: They don’t weight the actual amount of cocaine or other drugs.  They weight the entire mixture of them.  A mixture or a combination of two or more physical substances only needs to contain one part of a controlled substance mixed with a second physical substance.  Anything mixed with the cocaine or a controlled substance which makes up the mixture is also weighted.  Florida Statute 893.135(6) provides the authority for law enforcement to weigh a mixture of a controlled substance and another physical substance to determine the total weight of the controlled substance.   

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