McGruff the Crime Dog sentenced for pot possession. Smokey the Bear last seen lighting a forest fire.
— Michele Catalano (@inthefade) https://twitter.com/inthefade/status/431935818467246081
Those who grew up with McGruff the Crime Dog are reexamining the crime-fighting mascot Friday as the actor who once portrayed him is sentenced to 16 years in prison. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news/crime-dog-actor-sentenced-pot-weapons-n25016:
John Russell Morales, 41, an actor who once played the crime-fighting cartoon bloodhound, has been sentenced to nearly two decades behind bars after pleading guilty to possessing 1,000 marijuana plants and a cache of nearly 30 weapons — including a grenade launcher and thousands of ammunition rounds.
Morales was arrested in 2011 after Galveston, Texas, police and drug-sniffing dogs — real dogs, that is — stopped him for speeding, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Kusin, who later prosecuted the case.
Morales reportedly had a cache of 27 weapons and 9,000 rounds of ammo.
Really upset about McGruff gettin' pinched. I met that dog in Chicago in '92, seemed nice.
— Z (@randrew_Z) https://twitter.com/randrew_Z/status/431945872889610240
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) https://twitter.com/AsheSchow/status/431857656513708032
McGruff the crime dog arrested for having 1000 pot plants, grenade launcher. I don’t know what to believe anymore. http://t.co/hlqpGRPqiY
— Ryan Johnson (@RyanJohnsonCO) https://twitter.com/RyanJohnsonCO/status/431930752511782912
McGruff the Crime Dog was sentenced for selling pot.
My heroes are always such a letdown.— Navy Bean (@Navy_Bean_Soup) http://twitter.com/#!/Navy_Bean_Soup/status/431936890250342400
He had the greatest cover though! http://t.co/GjADL40r6E
— Timothy (@talabi) https://twitter.com/talabi/status/431945681797132288
OR Mcgruff needed the weapons because he was tired of all the crime and decided to become a one man war on crime. Yep, that's what happened.
— Steve Climaco (@jjammerzs) https://twitter.com/jjammerzs/status/431942625449766912
Editor’s note: The headline of the post has been changed to clarify that the actor was busted for pot possession, not ammo possession.