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McGruff the Crime Dog sentenced to 16 years for grow-op and weapons charges

Simulation of McGruff's jail sentence.
Simulation of McGruff's jail sentence.
By Devilal (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Former McGruff the Crime Dog actor, John R. Morales, was sentenced to 16 years after pleading guilty to charges relating to a 2011 arrest on Monday. It started with a simple traffic stop in Galveston, TX. He was pulled over for speeding by a K9 unit and the dog sensed trouble. It was then that the drug-sniffing dog turned on McGruff and ratted him out.

The dog's nose led him to the trunk of the car where a load of seedlings were hiding, in transport to Morales' grow-house. The police were tipped off to the locations of two growing operations by the blueprints conveniently laid out in the trunk by the seedlings.

On the later raids of the ironically discovered grow-ops they seized 1,000 marijuana plants, 27 weapons and 9,000 rounds of ammunition, and a grenade launcher. The weapons are a not a standard part of grow-houses in states with marijuana legalization, they are simply a by-product of prohibition.