What Do Those Letters Mean?



We know we are missing a lot of abbreviations and acronyms.  We’re working hard to get answers but have been having some difficulties.  The judicial side is not being very cooperative at this point.  We will continue to ask for the information that the public needs.  Thank you for your patience.

NOTE:  The abbreviations are put in by several different agencies (jail, D.A., courts…). There are no standard abbreviations. People make up their own so if you see something that looks like it’s the same, it probably is even if it’s slightly different.

Add On – A charge that is added after the initial booking

AFIS – Automated Fingerprint Identification System

APPL – Applied

AWHC – Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus (this information is from one of our readers)

AWTG – Awaiting

B.C.A.D.C. – Bexar County Adult Detention Center

BND – Bond

CC – County Court

CCBGDLNS – County Court Bond Guidelines (does not qualify for a PR-bond due to County Court Bond Guidelines)

CCPRB – County Court P.R. Bond.  This is abbreviation is listed when an individual is already on a P.R. bond

CLR – Clear

CLSD – Closed

CMAG – Central Magistrate’s Office

CONV – Convicted

CRT – Court

CRTC – Court Residential Treatment Center

D.A.C.T. – Drug & Alcohol Facility

D.A.P.V.F. – Drug Alcohol Probation Violators Facility

DC – District Court

DCPRB – District Court P.R. Bond.  This is abbreviation is listed when an individual is already on a P.R. bond

DEF ADJ – Deferred Adjudication

Denied/SomeLetters – It means they were denied a PR bond. The letters after the slash are just the initials of the person who entered the data into the system

DKT – Court Docket

DPS – Department of Public Safety

DSMD – Dismissed

FBGDLNS – Felony Bond Guidelines. (does not qualify for a PR-bond due to Felony Bond Guidelines)

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

FILE – Case file. (Referring to the actual documents)

FS – Felony, State Jail

GDLNS – Guidelines

GPS – Global Positioning System

HSP – Hospital

ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement

ILO – Interlock Order (ignition lock for a vehicle)

IPTC – In-Prison Therapeutic Community

ISF – Intermediate Sanction Facility

JAL – Jail

LDC – Seen in the the attorney section, stands for Legal Defense Counsel

MATCH – Mothers and their Children

MCRT – Municipal Court (I think)

MHMR – Mental Health and Mental Retardation

MIOF – Mentally Impaired Offender Facility

MTN ENT ADJ GUILT – Motion Entered Adjudicated Guilt

MTRP – Motion to Revoke Probation

NCIC – National Crime Information Center

NG – Non-Guidelines.  (PR Bonds is now allowing all misdemeanor charges to be considered for a PR bond.  The normal official guidelines have restrictions of what can be considered even for misdemeanors)

NHOI – No harmful or injurious contact (this information was a reader’s submission).

NLETS – National Law Enforcement Telecommunication System

NM – Night Magistrate

NOLO CT – Nolo Contendere ( a Latin term meaning ‘I do not wish to contend’). You may hear it said as ‘no contest,’ in other words they are not going to fight the charges.

NOT HANDLED – This comment is used when the charge is not eligible for a P.R. bond.

OTHR – Other

OTOFCO – Out of County

PAR – Parole

PATCH – Papas and their Children

PEN PK – Penitentiary Packet

PICU – Population Impact Control Unit is the meaning we got from the jail. Yes, they do monitor the population levels. However, a reader gave an additional meaning. If what you are looking at may be referring to something to do with mental health, then it could mean Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

POSS – Possession

PPOU – Prohibited Possession of Unregistered (We are not sure about this one. No one we spoke to knew for sure, but thought it might be this). 

PR – Personal Recognizance (bond)

PR/SomeLetters – The PR is defined above, the letters after the slash are just the initials of the person who entered the data into the system

RC – Restitution Center

RCO1 – The person has been released

REC – Received

REFUSEDX2 – This means they tried to interview the inmate for a P.R. bond but he refused.  In this case he refused two times.

REL – Released

RELPR – Released on a Personal Recognizance Bond

RWOB – Remanded without Bond

SAFP – Substance Abuse Felony Punishment (same as below but sometimes written this way).

SAFPF – Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility

SATF – Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

SBIR – Surety Bond in Route

SBIH – Surety Bond in Hand

SHR OFC – Sheriff’s Office

ST MT SUPPLMNT PND – State Motion to Supplement Pending  (means they are going to add more information)

T.A.I.P. – Treatment Alternative to Incarceration Program

TCIC – Texas Crime Information Center

TDC – Texas Department of Corrections

TDCGDLNS – Texas Department of Corrections Guidelines

TDCJ – Texas Department of Criminal Justice

TLETS – Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunication System

TO REL – To be released

TO SUB – To Submit

Tresps – Trespass

TRMT BED – Treatment facility bed / spot to sleep in

TRF – Transfer

VA-IMPACT SENT MT – Veteran’s Affairs-Impact (court) Sent Motion (This has not been confirmed. It was the best guess from a county court employee but it sounds reasonable). 

VINE – Victim Information & Notification Everyday (It lets victims know when an inmate has been released so they can get to a safe place if they need to.)

VIP – Victim Impact Panel

452 thoughts on “What Do Those Letters Mean?

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      Dora – ENH stands for enhanced. That’s sort of like saying it’s a more serious version of the charge.

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        Roseanna – This is a first for us. We don’t have an answer for you. I recommend you contact P.R. Bonds to see if they can tell you. It seems to me they will need to know the specific person this is on so they can figure out what is happening. That’s something you are in a better position than we are, to do. If you are able to get an answer, and if you don’t mind, please let us know what they tell you so the information can be passed to other readers.

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      Megan – Normally that means a bond has been paid.

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      Vanessa – Night magistrate.

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  1. Megan

    What does DA INFO TO CCF mean? Because I’m trying to have charges dropped on a family member and this is what was last updated on their record and I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean.

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      Megan – We focus on the jail. This notation is actually a judicial comment. We can gues that it might mean District Attorney Information to County Court File, but that’s just a guess. We recommend you contact the court clerk in the courtroom where the case has been set. She/he should be able to tell you what it means.

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      Cynthia – Your question is a little confusing for us. It could refer to the case file that is in the county court where the trial is set to be heard. It could imply that something is going to be filed with county court. In other words, a way to put something on the record. It all depends on what this is referring to.

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      Ron – Dismissed – Further Investigation. That means they didn’t feel what they had was enough but are still investigating it so charges could be filed again.

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        Ron – This is a legal question. You would need to speak to an attorney.

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      Megan – This is very iffy. We spoke to multiple different people in different agencies. We also got more than one answer but we think the following may be the likely one. Veteran’s Affairs Impact (court) Sent Motion. Again, we can’t be sure but we think the person who thought it meant this probably had the best guess.

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        Chapo – When an individual gets a court appointed attorney, that attorney still has to get paid. The attorney submits a claim to the Auditor’s Office that will include how much time the attorney spent on the case so the amount he or she is owed, can be calculated and paid.

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      • Tiff

        I don’t recall the exact wording however it is when a victim is sent a form that states how the case or even of the case has affected their lives financially.

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      Jane – We were able to get a little information but there was still a problem. The person at the courthouse we spoke to thinks this means State Motion to Supplement Pending Motion to Revoke Probation. What it means is that the State (the D.A.’s Office in this case) is going to add additional information to the MTRP. Our concern is with the NG. We think they may have meant to write PNDING as short for pending. But if that is incorrect and the NG was actually something different, no one knows what it stands for. This is the best we’ve been able to do on this one. Hope it helps.

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  2. Confused Af.

    My cousin was arrested for his second dwi yesterday. He posted bond today. And now they are telling me they won’t release him unless he installs an interlock device on his truck. The truck is in impound. He can’t get a device installed on his truck while him and his truck are both in jail…. how is this even legal.

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      Confused – I would suggest you speak to his attorney. I would imagine that the arrangements have to be made to have the ILO installed before the vehicle is released to him. Since this situation has to be very common, one would think there has to be a process set up to handle it. His attorney would be the one who could answer your questions.

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      Danielle – The PR stands for personal recognizance. They either got a PR bond or are in the process of trying to get one. When there are letters after a slash, that’s usually the initials of the person who entered the information into the computer.

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      Kaitlin – We need more information than this. Where are you seeing it. Under what section is it listed.

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      Bambi – To hinder apprehension is a charge. It’s when the police go to arrest a person and someone else interferes in some way. He was released on a personal recognizance bond. Basically, that’s signing on his own good name, his promise to appear.

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      Amelia – It probably means the DA has agreed to the defendant getting probation. The future date is hard to tell. If it’s very soon, it may be when the probation starts. If it’s far off, it may be when the probation ends. We recommend you speak to the individual’s attorney.

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  3. Jd

    What do these abbreviations stand for?

    WALFR REC’D ADM
    ADM WALFR TO PRE
    COUNTY COURT FUG
    ADM WALFR TO CF WARRAN
    RECORD UNSEALED
    COMPLAINT REC’D CF
    PRES WALFR TO ADM

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      JD – These are notations made through the Judicial system. In other words, the courts. Our focus is the jail. It’s hard enough to get answers from them. Every person in every agency seems to have their own abbreviations. It’s crazy. I wish we could help but the best we can do is recommend that you contact the court clerk in the court your person is assigned to go to court in. She or he can access the judicial page and since they will be able to see what is happening with the case, should be able to tell you what this means.

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        Prb – There is no standard format for entering information into the system. Quite frequently the person doing it makes up their own abbreviations which is why it’s so hard on all of us trying to figure it out. Normally there are 2 – 3 letters after the slash. In those cases, they are most likely the initials of the person who entered the information. Sometimes they want to put in longer information.

        There are two ways to be committed to a mental health facility for psychological evaluation; voluntary and involuntary. It looks to me like this is saying Mentally Ill/Intent to Voluntarily Commit.

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      Steph – Can you please tell us where you are seeing this? That could help us determine what it means. A lot of people make up their own abbreviations. It could also be the initials of the person who entered the information into the computer.

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  4. ava

    MOTION TO QUASH
    DEFENDANTS DEPOSITIONS BY WRITTEN QUESTI
    ONS AND FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER – meaning ?
    i will tell my friends of website

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      Ava – It sounds as if the person (defendant) was deposed at least twice; one by written questions and another time in regards to the protective order. In this case, deposed means being questioned under oath. Quashed means to nullify or invalidate. The motion to quash the depositions means the defense attorney is trying to keep the depositions from being used in court. Thank you for telling your friends about us. We may not be able to spend as much time as we would like on this website due to our jobs but it was always designed to help people. The more that see it, the more we can help.

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      Steven – You can contact the court clerk of the court the case was assigned to. Or you could contact the person’s attorney. The District Attorney’s Office would know but they usually don’t give out much information, though it can’t hurt to ask.

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        Rob – Not sure about V, it depends on where it is. UCR stands for Universal Crime Report. Law enforcement agencies are required to report crimes to DPS. That’s how they are able to generate stats on how many burglaries, assaults and so on, that happen in different areas. The totals are reported in the Universal Crime Report. If that’s where you are seeing the V it could be for violent but they’re usually more specific with the type of crime than that.

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      Bren – This sounds like it’s coming from the judicial side. We deal with the law enforcement side. I suggest you contact the court clerk in the court the case is assigned to, to find out what they are saying. Every different agency seems to make up its own shorthand.

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      Kim – That would be a judicial abbreviation. We only deal with law enforcement side. I suggest you call the individual’s probation officer. He or she will be able to tell you what that means.

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        Pam – That’s an old term that continues to be used. It originally referred to the cell where inmates were held who were in the process of being released. Not a 100% positive but I believe the RC stands for releasing cell. The 01 is just the cell number. Not sure how the setup is at the South Tower but the terminology stuck. When someone is listed as being RC01 in the computer, it is saying they are in released status. This does not mean they are actually out of the jail. Once an inmate is released on the computer he/she still has some steps to go through. They have to get their court information, maybe pick up any property the jail may have and finish up any other processes but it does mean they are no longer considered an inmate and are on their way out the door.

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        Jessica – Thank you. Yes, these are old terms that used to apply to specific cell numbers in the main jail Booking area. The males and females were kept separate even when they were being processed out. Those cell numbers no longer apply, but the habit of using them to refer to a person being released remains.

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      Kimberly – No need to say you’re sorry. We ask for reader input. The information we listed, we got from the jail. As you know, different industries may have the same acronym, but it has a different meaning. (The first thing I found for PICU, before I called the jail, was Pediatric Intensive Care Unit). I am going to add your meaning because that could apply too, depending on what is being referenced. We appreciate your contribution to our available information.

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      Joyce – Everyone uses their own shorthand. That probably means the person has been scheduled to be evaluated for mental conditions. But it might mean they have already been evaluated and a mental health issue has been determined. I wish we could be more precise for you, but like I said, they come up with their own abbreviations. We try to at least get in the ball park. The initials on the right side of the slash would be the initials of the person who entered the information into the computer.

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      N/A – When a person’s case is finished (closed), it is scanned into the computer system. That’s part of the archiving process. VC would be the initials of the individual who entered that notation into the system.

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      Sherry – Not without having an idea where that is listed and maybe not even then. We deal with things that apply to the arrest and booking process. However, multiple agencies overlap into that process and they all have their own shorthand on how they write things. If it’s something that was added by the jail, we can attempt to contact them to find out what it means. (For everyone who has asked for information, but didn’t get a response, it’s REALLY hard to get answers from the jail). If it’s information that has been added by the Courts, the County Clerk’s Office, the District Clerk’s Office, or the District Attorney’s Office, we won’t be able to help other than to refer you to them.

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      • Lynn

        Do you have list of attorneys who take on section 1983 type cases, official oppression, civil cases of conttitutional rights violations, etc.. NOT involving police excessive force or minorities?

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        Lynn – No we don’t. We tried to get attorneys to advertise, for free, on our site. All we asked is that they give a tiny bit of advice to our readers, in the form of a post, in exchange. Only one attorney wrote up anything for us. We thought it was a good offer. They got free advertising and our readers got some advice. Since the site is set up to help people, we were really hoping it would do better.

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      Tony – I’ve gotten this question from a lot of people. Unfortunately, it’s been really difficult trying to get information from the agencies for quite a while now. I can’t even say it’s just the jail. Pre-trial staff either transferred me around without saying a word about what they were going to do or they just hung up on me. I finally ended up back with a very nice officer who said that as far as he knows the PPO part stands for “Prohibited Possession of.” We were both stumped on what the “U” stood for. After I hung up with him I searched online and think it may be “Prohibited Possession of Unregistered.” I can’t guarantee this is what it stands for, but it’s all I could get.

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      Kristian – DC normally stands for District Court. If a warrant is coming out of a court, it’s probably a bench warrant.

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  5. Aleah

    May someone please help translate the following for me??

    ORD OF REFERRAL V0000P0000

    ORD OF REF ALONG W/ APPL FOR WHC

    SCANNED TO MAG

    EFILE ENVELOPE NBR 53188320

    APPLICATION FOR WHC

    ORD OF REFERRAL V1610P1682

    ORD OF REF ALONG W/ APPL FOR WHC

    SCANNED TO MAG

    MAG RCVD ORDER OF REFER & AWHC SEEKING

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      Aleah – Mostly what you have here is process. Documentation being sent back and forth and notation of what designation its being given. The main things are, what is being referred and to who, and what is WHC. I don’t have the answers for those. Can any of our readers help out?

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        Mindi – Thank you for the information. We will add it to our list of acronyms to help our readers.

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      • Patricia

        Some context might be helpful. I worked for the state hospital in admissions and AWHC and WHC sound like abbreviations we used, but without context I can’t be completely sure.
        ORD OF REF is just short hand for Order of Referral. Given the abbreviations here it sounds like this individual is being sent to another facility, but like I said without more info I can’t be certain.
        Hope this is helpful.

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      Pat – I gave a wrong answer earlier. Seems one of us had called on that before and it means they have gotten one interview refusal for a P.R. bond.

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      Frank – A pen pack (penitentiary packet) is just a file on an inmate who is awaiting transfer to the state penitentiary. The file will have information on the inmate such as charges, sentence, disciplinary action, medical, and so on. It is sent on to the state prison system. I imagine a notification is sent back when it is received.

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      Joyce – Evading Arrest/Detention. It means that somehow the person tried to keep from being arrested. It’s frequently used when someone runs from the police.

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      Ernest – Wow. Don’t think I’ve seen that one before. It would help to know where you are seeing this notation. Can any of our readers help out? Does anyone know what this means.

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      Nicole – It’s good to know that it is helping people. That was our goal in creating it even if we don’t have all the answers. Our readers have been a tremendous help.

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      Christina – Grand Jury number assigned. Sounds like it has gone on the docket for a Grand Jury to hear.

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      Dolores – Night Magistrate. It will eventually change once it is assigned to a regular court.

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      Nina – These terms are part of the judicial process. We focus on the arrest and booking. You can contact the court the case is assigned to and ask the court clerk what those notations mean.

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      Gina – PRB is often used for probation, but by the way you word your comment I think you may be talking about a PR bond? If it’s probation, there is no way for us to know. It would depend on what the court sentence stipulated. If you mean PR bond, then it can take a day or two. They do contact the references the individual gives to try to determine if the person is likely to follow through with their court appearances. It may take some time if they are having problems reaching the references.

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      Dayshawn – District Attorney investigation complete. Update letter filed by pretrial. You would have to contact pretrial to find out what is in the updated letter.

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      Bob – The first part is Mental Illness. I suspect the second part may be something like Intent to Voluntarily commit. In other words, the person is voluntarily willing to go into a mental health facility as opposed to it being an involuntary committal where a judge ordered him to be committed. If one of our readers has better information, please share it with us all.

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      Rashedia – To get a P.R. bond a person has to have referrals. Basically, people saying that the person can be trusted to appear in court and that the person does have ties to the community. I believe P.R. bond wants at least two referrals, though I’m not positive on that. It looks like your person has gotten one referral so far. The letters after the slash are the initials of the person who entered the information into the system.

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  6. Leticia

    My son has been in bexar county jail for 2 yrs now nun of his attorney ever visit to discuss cases and i feel we should have his assumed cases reviewed he is a first time offender and the jail is charging him on the word of a repeat offender .i feel this system is very UNFAIR for not reviewing before even giving him more May GOD BE WITH US AND BCJ LOOK IT UP RIGHT

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      Angel – The first part is Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. After that it becomes a little confusing. I believe penalty group 1 is broken down into group 1, 1-A, and now 1-B. It looks like 1-B is a new subgroup. I haven’t been able to determine out how they changed the breakdown yet. But it’s basically, still a possession of a controlled substance charge. On the second part, I’m not sure what that means. It would help to know where you are seeing it.

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      • Jane

        Per Sec. 481.1022 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act, Penalty Group 1-B includes fentanyl, alpha-methylfentanyl, and any other fentanyl derivatives. This group was recently added effective September 1, 2021.

        (Full info at https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/docs/hs/htm/hs.481.htm)

        Also, I think “<1g" means the person was in possession of less than 1 gram of one of these substances.

        I'm not sure, however, about the "CCCAL" part as I could not find it anywhere online, and there isn't enough context.

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        Jane – Yes, it does mean less than 1 gram. I got caught up in the new subgroup and didn’t finish explaining the charge. Thank you for the catch and for the additional information on the new subgroup. The second part I was referring to was the CCCAL. Normally when there are letters after, they are the initials of the person who entered the information, but those are too many letters. I doubt they are initials. If anyone has an idea what that may mean, please let us know. And again, thank you Jane, for helping our readers.

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