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Actor who played crime dog McGruff gets prison term in Texas

Feb. 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM

GALVESTON, Texas, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A Texas actor whose big role was McGruff, the crime-fighting dog, was sentenced to 16 years in prison this week for drug and gun crimes.

John Morales, 41, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to charges of running a sizable marijuana grow at his home in Galveston and possessing an arsenal of 27 firearms and a military grenade launcher, court documents said.

NBC News said Morales were arrested in 2011 by Galveston police who stopped him for speeding. The Houston Chronicle said a quantity of marijuana seeds plus diagrams of the grow set-up were discovered in the vehicle.

McGruff was a cartoon bloodhound who wore a trench coat and was the mascot of the National Crime Prevention Council. The real-life version of McGruff was a costumed character who made personal appearances to build crime awareness among children.

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