Ruff Stuff: Scruff McGruff Caught With Grenade Launcher, Drugs, And Probably A Bunch Of Old Tennis Balls

Yes, I hate myself for that headline. 

Anyways, from Time Magazine

A man who used to play McGruff the Crime Dog didn’t “Take a bite out of crime,” crime took a bite out of him.

John R. Morales was arrested in 2011 in Galveston, TX after a drug-sniffing dog (narc!) detected pot when he was pulled over for speeding. Police then found diagrams of two indoor pot-growing operations and a plethora of marijuana seeds.

When police raided his house, they seized 1,000 marijuana plants and 9,000 rounds of ammunition for an assortment of 27 weapons — including a grenade launcher, because McGruff must have lots of enemies.

After three years, Morales, 41, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in jail Monday.

First of all, this story is in the news today since he was just sentenced, but this again highlights how little I understand of the law since the arrest took place in 2011??? Does stuff like this normally take so long? That's like 1,000 dog years. Who knows. 

Second of all, "Scruff McGruff, Chicago, Illinois, 60652!" !!!!

Swear to God I still remember that from my PBS kid show days. I feel like every episode of Arthur or Reading Rainbow or whatnot ended with a little PSA from McGruff, and though I have no clue what Chicago, Illinois & the zip code were relevant for anymore, the jingle for it is still strong in my head. 

Alas, now a new narrative will be on my mind... One where McGruff is a fraud selling drugs & wheeling around with grenades. To think I *never did drugs my whole life because of him. Hard to process. (*False.)

This is terrible news for the Scruff McGruff drug prevention product sales circuit, which I just discovered today is still very much thriving. There are overpriced Scruff litter bags, cardboard cutouts, rulers, pencils, phone holders, slap band bracelets, autographed pamphlets... you name it, they've got it. The extremely hip 2020 catalogue is really going to suffer and I'm not sure how adult educators will be able to connect with children anymore.

On a brighter note - We may not have that particular Scruff for the next 16 years at least, but thankfully we'll always have the music.