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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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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Some folks are just to stupid to even be a criminal. It is a shame that something can't be done to remove their ability to be in the gene pool and contaminate it any further than it is.

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1156 Comments

    Stupid just don't seem to be enough.

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    tactman702

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Kids, this why you say "No" to drugs in the first place. D-U-M-B-A-S-S-E-S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    These two should be on The Factor, Pinheads for sure!

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    skanea1

    over 3 years ago

    958 Comments

    Hey man, check out these herbs. Bro , those ain't herbs, its Herb!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Aha,the Moron of the decade award for these retards.What did they think an urn contains?Hope the little freaks get c.o,.p.d.

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    LadyG

    over 3 years ago

    6640 Comments

    No use being dumb & stupid unless you can show it.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    That is one of the stupidest things i have ever heard....hahahahah

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7642 Comments

    Idiots!!!

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    Bury

    over 3 years ago

    1342 Comments

    BWA HA HA HA HA!! Oh, I think I'm tearing up! That's funny!!

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    policeryan

    over 3 years ago

    852 Comments

    hahahhaa priceless

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    lajustice

    over 3 years ago

    1178 Comments

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, was wondering why the guy on the left looked a little pale. "Hey dude you snorted my poodle" HAHAHAHAHA

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    LMFAO>>>>>>>>>>>>>IDIOTS !!!!!

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    BForJuvCor

    over 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    Morons!

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    hbg522

    over 3 years ago

    7006 Comments

    at a true loss for words with this one. can just sit and shake my head.

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