McGruff the Crime Dog has gone from taking a bite out of crime to doing hard time.

John R. Morales, the man that portrayed McGruff the Crime Dog, the trench coat wearing anti-drug mascot that once fought to “take a bite out of crime” in the 1980s, was sentenced to nearly two-decades in prison on Monday for running an illegal marijuana grow operation and possession of military weapons.

The downfall of Morales took place in 2011, after police in Galveston, Texas stopped him for speeding. For reasons unknown to us, the officers unleashed a drug-sniffing dog on Morales’ vehicle; where the narco-pooch assisted police in uncovering the schematics to a couple of indoor marijuana grow operations and veritable jackpot of seeds.

This discovery, of course, did not bode well for Morales, who was subsequently arrested, and taken the nearest precinct to undergo the usual flatfoot shakedown. It did not take long before police were busting down the doors of Morales’ home, where in addition to finding 1,000 marijuana plants, they also retrieved an arsenal of 27 weapons, including a grenade launcher, and 9,000 rounds of ammunition. 

Throughout the duration of his case, 41-year-old Morales attempted to convince the prosecution that while he was guilty of engaging in some felonious behavior, he was not a violent man. However, in the end, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore did not buy into the seemingly innocent cries of the former crime-fighting bloodhound. ”Everything I read about you makes you seem like a scary person,” she said before delivering her verdict.

Morales was sentenced to 16-years in prison, where unfortunately, the only thing he will thing he will be taking a bite out of are the penises of other inmates. 

Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in High Times, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.