An actor from Texas whose work history includes dressing up as 'McGruff the Crime Dog' and visiting schools to to denounce the use of drugs has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for running a sophisticated marijuana growing operation out of his home.
John R. Morales was arrested after being pulled over by police in Texas in 2011 and found with cannabis seeds and blueprints for an indoor grow facility.
Police searched Morales' home and found 1,000 cannabis plants along with an arsenal of 27 weapons, including a grenade launcher.
Morales was sentenced Friday to 16 years and three months on weapons and drug charges. He portrayed McGruff for the Harris County Sheriff's Association in the 1990's.