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Burglers Snort Cremated Ashes Thinking It Was Cocaine

Burglers Snort Cremated Ashes Thinking It Was Cocaine

Waldo Soroa (l.) and Matrix Andaluz (r.) were two of the teens arrested in the burglary. Marion County Sheriff

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

January 20, 2011

MARION COUNTY, FL – A gang of teenage thieves looking to get high got a buzzkill instead when they realized a stash of “cocaine” they’d heisted and snorted was not the drug, but a dead man’s ashes.

The thieves, who burgled a woman’s Florida house in December, stole – among other items – an urn containing the resident’s father’s remains, as well as a container where the ashes of her two deceased dogs were stored, according to a sheriff’s report obtained by The Smoking Gun.

“The ashes that were taken from the house had been taken because the suspects mistook it for either cocaine or heroin,” the report reads. “During the conversation, it was learned that the suspects had snorted the ashes believing they were snorting cocaine.”

The robbers – all in their teens – later saw a news report about the woman’s house they’d robbed, in which it was revealed that the ashes were among the items stolen.

They wanted to return the stolen remains, the report states, but were “discouraged” by another individual, Gabriel Ruiz, “because of fingerprints.”

Rather than run the risk of being caught, the thieves tossed the ashes in a lake, sheriff’s spokesman Judge Cochran told Reuters.

The unusual details of the burglary did not emerge until the suspects were arrested for another robbery attempt last week.

The three teenagers detained in the crime, according to Central Florida News, are Waldo Soroa, 19, Matrix Andaluz, 18, and Jose David Diaz Marrero, 19. They each face multiple charges.

Divers are reportedly combing the lake for the remains, though a source told The Smoking Gun there is a possibility the ashes are still in Soroa’s home.

Despite what is stated in the police report, some skepticism hangs over the story. Urban legends of criminals snorting ashes mistaken for cocaine have existed for years.

Rumor patrol website Snopes.com addressed the common story in 2007 and traced the myth back to 1996, when police in a robbery case reportedly believed the suspect had stolen ashes from a home believing them to be drugs. That theory, however, was never confirmed.

“Could any reasonable person mistake cremains for cocaine?” Snopes founder Barbara Mikkelson asked. “We don’t think so, thus we’re strongly tempted to dismiss all such tales as just being too far-fetched.”

However, some people – like Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards – have famously snorted ashes on purpose.

“As I took the lid off of the box [of ashes], a fine spray of his ashes blew out on to the table,” the rocker revealed last fall in his autobiography. “I couldn’t just brush him off so I wiped my finger over it and snorted the residue.”


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    Juicy1

    over 1 year ago

    2 Comments

    That's so damn nasty

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    1good1bad1ugly

    over 2 years ago

    2744 Comments

    It's almost too disgusting to read. Nasty!

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    crowfeeder

    about 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    Geniuses!!!

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    ronnann

    about 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    Why did the robbed the place in the first place? I think it's important to know the reason. It's too early to be addicted to cocaine and rob houses at this age, one can note the lack of experience in everything they did, it's stupid but I think they deserve a second chance, they can still change and I am saying that because I stayed in a drug rehab Washington myself for a fair amount of time, I got my second chance.

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    TRPD758

    over 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    Priceless

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    helen23

    over 3 years ago

    110 Comments

    this has to be in the top 10 of the dumbest crooks ever...i mean how stupid can you get?

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    keithmrbreeze

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    ...and in a blind-fold placebo test using human ash remains and another controlled group having cocaine - - two of the subjects snorting the human remains reported feelings of numbness, head-rushes, and the experience that they were flying with wings.

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    Avacop310

    over 3 years ago

    476 Comments

    Serves em' right. Stupid.

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    codebabe5_0

    over 3 years ago

    20054 Comments

    Ruff!! Ruff!! Totally unreal what people will do that have a fried brain.

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    JBtcso3424

    over 3 years ago

    554 Comments

    I am picturing Bill Engval saying, "Here's Your Sign"....What a bunch of idiots....This is exactly why drugs are bac MMM-Kay....

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    LanaNJ

    over 3 years ago

    6950 Comments

    They Sniffed Dog Ashes, and then they "flead"? Oh My, They Must have been Experiencing a RUFF recovery :) If they Were Smart they would've let the Dogs out, not in...Just saying

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    ECPD9

    over 3 years ago

    28 Comments

    Im just shaking my head..........talk about stuck on stupid!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    “Could any reasonable person mistake cremains for cocaine?”

    Ummmmmmmmmm i dont think these are reasonable people

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    BigNTS

    over 3 years ago

    6820 Comments

    Damnit, gcoleman! Ya beat me to it!

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    gcoleman

    over 3 years ago

    2382 Comments

    Stupid is as stupid does! and then some>

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