Connoisseurs of Deep East Texas Redneck misbehavior will love this one. While the actual offenses are pretty run of the mill, this one has a little bit of everything in the way of Piney Woods cliches, from a getaway on a 4-wheeler, to a badass nickname, to that old standby, the meth lab.
Around 1 a.m.. last Friday, deputies from San Jacinto County responded to a call about a copper theft in a semi-forested area on Highway 150 East near the town of Coldspring.
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The thief left behind a telltale clue. Thanks to last week's heavy rains, the cops were able to follow a 4-wheeler's tracks through the mud direct from the crime scene, and through the forest and over the hills, right back to a suburban home across the street from Coldspring Intermediate School.
This was the abode of James Anderson, a.k.a. "Cookie Ray." But instead of baked goods, cops claim that what Anderson liked to cook up was trouble.
There, they found not only 100 pounds of industrial copper wire that Cookie Ray couldn't explain, but also a meth lab in full production mode. And after the special meth disposal team arrived around dawn, they were able to recover approximately 600 grams of Cookie Ray's freshest crank.
Cookie Ray has been charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession/transport of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, cooper theft, and burglary of a building.