# Is the weight of the container included in the weight of drugs?

In this video a suspect has a can of soda with a bag of cocaine inside. While trying to get the guy to admit to possession, a police officer tells the suspect that the weight of the entire package would be what he's charged with possession, saying it weighs about a pound (implying that the soda can's weight is included). I know that police officers in the United States are allowed to lie. Is this an example of the officer lying to the suspect to get him to admit to a smaller amount of cocaine, or is it true that for some reason the weight of the container is included when charging people for possession?

• I don't think he means that the weight of the can is included (anyway, an aluminum can doesn't weigh anywhere near a pound). I think the point is that the can was full of soda, and now the suspect is in possession of 12 fluid ounces of "cocaine dissolved in soda", which is itself a controlled substance because it contains cocaine. So it's not that the container is included, but the "solvent" is (allegedly). I still don't know if the officer is correct in saying this, though. Mar 13, 2020 at 19:20
• For those not living in the US (or Burma or Liberia): A fluid ounce is about 30ml, so 12 fluid ounces are about 360ml. An imperial pound is about 450 grams (not 500). So @NateEldredge's explanation makes the original claim valid under the assumption that cocaine dissolved in soda has at least about 25% higher density than water - which I have no idea about, but may well be reasonable Mar 14, 2020 at 13:48
• @HagenvonEitzen: I don't think that's what was meant - for one thing, it's pretty clear that the suspect had nowhere near 90 g of cocaine. I was treating "about a pound" as an order-of-magnitude estimate. If you consider the weight of the liquid in the can (to which the cocaine itself contributes negligibly), then "a pound" is within a factor of 2 or 3 (keeping in mind that the can was not necessarily full). But an aluminum soda can by itself weighs about 15g - nobody would call that "about a pound". Mar 14, 2020 at 14:08
• Don't know about specific laws, but it doesn't pass a smell test. You don't get charged with possession of two tons if you put drugs in the glove compartment of my car. Dec 31, 2022 at 10:00