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Published On: Sat, Feb 8th, 2014

John Morales, McGruff the Crime Dog, gets 16 years in prison for pot plants, grenade launcher

In a bizarre story defining irony, the man who voiced McGruff the Crime Dog has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

McGruff the Crime Dog commercialJohn Russell Morales, age 41, was in court pleading guilty to possession of 1,000 marijuana plants, over 9,000 rounds of ammunition for 27 firearms. Morales also possessed a grenade launcher.

Morales was arrested in 2011 after Galveston, Texas, police stopped him for speeding, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Kusin, who later prosecuted the case.

Authorities discovered diagrams of two indoor pot-growing operations and an abundance of marijuana seeds in Morales’ Infinity, according to the Houston Chronicle newspaper.

Morales insisted that he was nonviolent, but U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore stated that, “Everything I read about you makes you seem like a scary person.”

Morales voiced McGruff during a series of messages during the 1980’s  for the National Crime Prevention Council used by U.S. police in spreading crime awareness. McGruff’s “Take a Bite Out of Crime” was popular buzzword during this time.

The dog is often played by actors wearing the character’s rain-coat costume as McGruff visits schools, does commercials and engages children through educational videos.

Photo screenshot from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzyTarwYaM0

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