According to court records, police already had Morris "Big Boy" Jones over a barrel when they rolled up outside his Katy home. A criminal complaint shows they had already seized more than $30,000 worth of stolen Palais Royal threads from his storefront way out Clay Road. And when police went to visit Jones at his home, Big Boy had the bad luck to be walking in his front door with what police say was two kilos of blow under his huge arm.
On that day at least, if it wasn't for bad luck, Big Boy wouldn't have no kinda luck at all...
Let's back up a bit...
A man from Palais Royal's parent company contacted police and showed him surveillance footage of two "grab and run" thieves cleaning out a few racks of clothing from one of his company's stores. Police were able to track the car to the girlfriend of eventual suspect Perry White, who admitted his involvement in the crime spree.
Here's a video illustration of a grab-and-run artist...
Police later apprehended his alleged cohort Diamond Nelson. White and Nelson told cops they would sell their merchandise to Big Boy Jones, who at six-foot-two and 350 pounds very much lives up to his name. Jones would then sell the clothing from his Fresh White Tees store in the 18000 block of Clay in far, far west Houston.
Police and the store manager subsequently visited the store and saw that the inventory consisted of little, if anything, other than stolen Palais Royal merchandise. Police say that White and Nelson boosted clothes from about 20 stores, and in the raid that followed, cops hauled off 117 shirts, 14 pairs of shorts and 337 pairs of pants from Fresh White Tees.
However, Big Boy wasn't in on the day of the raid, so police headed over to his Katy home. Once there, they found him walking out the door with a large shopping bag in his hand. When Big Boy saw the cops, he tried to toss the bag back in his house, but like we said, this was not his lucky day. The bag landed on its side and two bundles spilled part way out onto the floor of his home's entryway. Big Boy also had a warrant, so police were able to arrest him on the spot.
Meanwhile, Tarrance Moses and Miguel Avila took off running towards the back of the house but were stopped and detained. On getting a search warrant for the house, police say they found that the bundles on the floor were indeed two kilos of cocaine, as they had suspected, and they say they also found 378.7 grams of codeine cough syrup and multiple firearms. On searching Avila's car, police say they found $3,640, which they allege was partial payment for the cocaine Big Boy had been trying to take inside.
Jones, 35, has now been charged with possession of a controlled substance and also engaging in organized criminal activity for his alleged role in the theft ring. White, 32, and Nelson, 32, are also alleged to be organized criminals, though Nelson has yet to be formally charged as such, as he is on the lam, fleeing a motion to adjudicate his sentence on a felony theft conviction from 2010. (He snatched $420 from a woman who wanted to buy a Wii he advertised for sale for $150.) For his part, White has no fewer than six prior theft convictions on his record.
Avila, 31 years old and from Pharr in the Rio Grande Valley, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance.
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