William Cantrell Mistakes Human Ashes For Cocaine, May Have Snorted Remains

on July 24 2013 3:27 PM
William Cantrell
William Cantrell, a 28-year-old Tennessee man, mistook human ashes he stole from his neighbor's home with cocaine and may have snorted the remains, according to police. Police Handout

William Cantrell, a 28-year-old Tennessee man, thought he hit the jackpot when he allegedly burglarized his neighbor’s home, but it turns out he was very wrong.

Cantrell broke into his neighbor Steven Medley’s home last week and stole a carton he believed was full of cocaine. However, when police found the suspected robber, the white powder inside the carton was found to be the remains of Medley’s deceased mother, according to News Channel 5.

However, police have not determined whether or not Cantrell snorted the human ashes.

"William thought it was drugs; he thought he'd done found him a box of cocaine is what he thought," Cantrell's grandma Wanda Allen told News Channel 5.

Allen said she has no idea how he mistook the ashes for cocaine, since it was clearly labeled with information human ashes would have.

"On the top of it, it had a white piece of paper taped over it with date of birth, date of death, name and the funeral home," she said. However, she doesn’t believe he opened the bag of ashes or snorted it as the tie was still secured on the bag.

Cantrell, who allegedly stole an Xbox as well as the ashes, was charged with aggravated burglary.

His grandmother, though, is hoping he gets help.

"If he gets to drinking and doing drugs he's out there. He needs help. There needs to be more to it than putting him in jail," she said.