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McGruff the Crime Dog actor sentenced to 16 years in prison for marijuana and grenade launcher possession

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McGruff the Crime Dog actor sentenced to 16 years in prison for marijuana and grenade launcher possession

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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