Newspaper accounts of local drug arrests confuse me. They mix English and metric measurements and they quantify in street value. It would be much clearer if they developed a way of telling readers how much drugs were involved in something that translates to normal life. I know that a pound of marijuana is going to be a lot bigger pile than a pound of cocaine, but is meth really heavy and tiny? Why not say “a loaf of bread” sized bag of marijuana? Or, a tic-tacs tin of meth? Maybe those aren’t the best examples. At least I can visualize exactly what quantity of drugs the UT football players use when entertaining recruits. The picture of 63 kilos of cocaine looks like 50 bags of spaghetti. Measure drugs in uncooked pasta and everyone can understand exactly how much was involved.