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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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    theshieldman2000

    over 3 years ago

    578 Comments

    what a couple of dumb anchor babies!!

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    SpecialK09

    over 3 years ago

    50 Comments

    I wonder if they got a buzz ?

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    SkoolCop

    over 3 years ago

    4582 Comments

    How do you say "Dumb and Dumber" in Spanish?

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    42212 Comments

    You can figure this one out by just looking at these two.....

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Well said alexy.

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    ExplorerFL835

    over 3 years ago

    370 Comments

    EPIC FAIL !

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    alexy

    over 3 years ago

    3970 Comments

    Matrix...
    Someone actualy named a human being Matrix? That guy was toast at birth with the gene pool of the parents.

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    grant319

    over 3 years ago

    1208 Comments

    SkoolCop said it perfectly

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    BGamble619

    over 3 years ago

    24 Comments

    Both of these two should be checked into a hospital or mental facility as a 51-50. They are both obviously too stupid and senseless to be charged as regular criminals.....

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    SkoolCop

    over 3 years ago

    4582 Comments

    Another PRIME example that there is no way that one can fix stupid.

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    Catwoman911

    over 3 years ago

    7256 Comments

    Amazing.. simply amazing... this story makes me sick!

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    CadetAK

    over 3 years ago

    3416 Comments

    This is just so wrong on so many levels...

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    rsteade

    over 3 years ago

    1030 Comments

    LOL!!! These mental rejects should be poster children for birth control

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    msjayelbee

    over 3 years ago

    612 Comments

    Sorry that the dead man's ashes entered the nostrils of these two IDIOTS, but it was just what they deserved. The two do-do birds probably should have been in school trying to get something into those knuckleheads of theirs!

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    FreezeP

    over 3 years ago

    1456 Comments

    I wonder if it smelled or taste like pooh!

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