It’s not actually the character McGruff the Crime Dog, just an actor who formerly portrayed him — though I’m not sure that makes this story less ironic. In a surprising twist of fate, CBS Houston reports McGruff actor John R. Morales has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for possession of 1,000 marijuana plants, 27 weapons — including a grenade launcher — and 9,000 rounds of ammo. Though Morales pled guilty recently, the bust took place in 2011, after Galveston, Texas authorities (and drug-sniffing dogs) discovered contraband in the actor’s car when pulling him over for speeding.
Take a bite out of crime, indeed.
None of the news outlets reporting the story confirm the capacity to which Morales played McGruff — though, it’s assumed he was one of the many actors that donned the McGruff costume for events at schools and other social gatherings. The original co-creator and voice of the crime dog, Jack Keil, was still voicing McGruff as of 2005, starring in three radio spots for the 25th anniversary of the character.
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