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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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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4314 Comments

    what freaking dumbasses

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    JMichaelSven

    over 3 years ago

    246 Comments

    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!! Hopefully they got enough of a shock that they will not try that again!

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    MrsZ

    over 3 years ago

    106 Comments

    I wonder what ashes can do to their sinuses if they snorted too much?

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    ChiefDC501

    over 3 years ago

    1898 Comments

    The braindead sniffing the dead, just got to love it

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    “Could any reasonable person mistake cremains for cocaine?” Let's put the emphasis on "reasonable." These are NOT reasonable people here! Do we even know if they are in the country legally? Then the report adds, "...there is a possibility the ashes are still in Soroa’s home." Well since there is doubt they are "reasonable" people who can read, maybe the ashes are STILL in the perps home! If anyone can read, then likely ashes has since been disposed of. The whole thing is unreasonable.

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    kimber4155

    over 3 years ago

    616 Comments

    Hahahahahah...Dummies!!!

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    Dog ashes? I'm guessing they will start scratching and licking themselves in jail.... Any chance in getting some alpo delivered?

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    JessLnC89

    over 3 years ago

    390 Comments

    Hahaha.. wow..

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    PGPD911

    over 3 years ago

    6672 Comments

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Enough said...

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    What a classic case of 2 morons.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50288 Comments

    And thats why they call it dope...lol

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    WOW! Hope they are Haunted for Life by this incident....

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    SERT0629

    over 3 years ago

    474 Comments

    UM....DUMBASS'.....'NUFF SAID.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I'll just keep saying it "Stupid people are our job security".

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    LanaNJ

    over 3 years ago

    6950 Comments

    LOL@alexy
    .......and Further More, No body has to worry about Where is Waldo! :)~

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