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09-1533 DePierre v. U.S.

Controlled Substances Cocaine base “[C]ocaine base,” as used in 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1), means not just “crack co-caine,” but cocaine in its chemically basic form. The most natural reading of “cocaine base” in clause (iii) is cocaine in its chemically basic form—i.e., the molecule found in crack cocaine, freebase, and coca paste. On its plain terms, then, “cocaine base” ...

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