By John Vibes
The 41-year-old actor pleaded guilty this Monday and was sentenced to 16 years is prison
TEXAS (INTELLIHUB) — One of the most memorable proponents of drug war propaganda from a few years back was “McGruff the Crime Dog”. McGruff was one of many fictitious characters that would appear on television in the late 80’s and early 90’s to preach to children about crime, including drugs, which blurred the lines between violent and nonviolent crime.
As someone who grew up during the time when these public service announcements were in heavy rotation I clearly remember how pathetic and condescending these commercials were. Even as naive children we would laugh and make jokes about the lame anti drug advertisements that would appear on television during every single commercial break. One thing that I always wondered was if these actors really actually believed the words that they were saying, or if they were just collecting a paycheck.
Many of the actors from these commercials may have actually believed the propaganda that they were dishing out, but according to recent reports, “McGruff the Crime Dog” likes to keep a large private stash of marijuana plants and grenade launchers. While it is absolutely true that anyone should have the right to own these objects, the sheer hypocrisy is interesting and worth pointing out.
Former McGruff actor, John R. Morales, was arrested in 2011 when police in Texas pulled him over for speeding. Using a drug dog as pretense to search the vehicle, police found diagrams of two indoor marijuana-growing operations and some seedlings stashed in the trunk.
According to court records, after following the diagrams the police also found 1,000 marijuana plants, 27 weapons and 9,000 rounds of ammunition.
McGruff has sadly become a victim of the police state that he made a career promoting.
After three years in jail, 41-year-old Morales pleaded guilty this Monday and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Even though Morales said he was nonviolent, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore said, ”Everything I read about you makes you seem like a scary person.”
John Vibes is an investigative journalist, staff writer and editor for Intellihub News where this article originally appeared. He is also the author of an 87 chapter e-book entitled “Alchemy of this Modern Renaissance” and is an artist with an established record label. You can find him on his Facebook.
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