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26-year-old Austin Schroeder resides with his girlfriend, 21-year-old Kaitlin Geiger, in Menomonee Falls, Waukesha, Wisconsin. In January 2020, they found themselves facing charges of running a drug trafficking operation. He mixed cannabis with his ma’s ashes.

A US drug dealer mixed cannabis with his mother's ashes. Photo: Charles-Frank Lavi

A US drug dealer mixed cannabis with his mother’s ashes. Photo: Charles-Frank Lavi

The duo’s flat at unit #3, Mill Street, Menomonee Falls, was described by WPVI-TV as a ?quiet apartment?, Police were first called there on December 7 2019. This was in response to having heard of the purchase of drugs on November 26. They were not granted admittance but could smell fresh cannabis. They then employed informants to purchase cannabis on January 6, 7 and 8 2020. Hey, we could echo WPVI-TV and call it a ?drug sting.? And take a leaf from the book of WTMJ-TV, and term it a ?months-long drug trafficking investigation?. This allowed police to secure a search warrant. It was acted on on January 10.

At the flat, police found about two-and-a-half ounces of cannabis, ecstasy and assorted drug paraphernalia. Schroeder claimed he believed the MDMA was actually Cialis, taken for erectile dysfunction, like Viagra. The paraphernalia was four bongs; glass pipes, of which one contained residue; a grinder; and scales. There was also ?a large amount of an unknown powder? and ?vegetable-like material?. Schroeder confessed that the powder was his ma’s ashes; she expired in November 2019 and was cremated. He ?mixed these substances for a variety of reasons.? Alas, these reasons went undisclosed. He smoked some of her himself. It might have been thought that Schroeder and Geiger’s drug dealing must have enjoyed some success, considering that large amounts of gold and platinum were found in a safe. Geiger, however, declared that Schroeder obtained these in Germany in 2017, and they were found to not be authentic.

Making marijuana was not the extent of the pair’s sins. Also present in their flat was blotter paper, used to make LSD, and multiple pieces of electronic equipment for possible use in financial card crimes, such as credit card cloning. They had previously been convicted ot identity theft.

The couple have been in a relationship for three-and-a-half years – Geiger’s mother takes care of her children. The charges levelled against them were two counts of manufacturing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive element of cannabis) as repeat offenders (that was the identity theft), possession of THC, amphetamines and drug paraphernalia and maintaining premises for the purposes of drug trafficking. Released on bail, they will appear in court on January 28.

Geiger recounted that Schroeder mixed drugs with chemicals on a stove. He was perhaps making hashish and cutting it with his ma’s ashes. The official complaint, for case 2020CF000060, tells us that Schroeder has brown hair and blue eyes, is 6’2? tall and weighs 170 lbs while Geiger has blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5’7? tall and weighs 165 lbs but gives no clues as to the manufacture of hashish.

Friends of Geiger’s would purchase drugs from her and her man. Wisconsin forbids recreational cannabis usage, but the neighbouring states of Michigan and Illinois do not. Schroeder also admitted to travelling to these states to buy THC-infused gummies. While somewhat horrifying, no crime can be attached to Schroeder’s use of his ma’s ashes.

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