Texas federal prosecutors took a bite out of crime last week, when a former ‘McGruff The Crime Dog’ actor named John R. Morales was sentenced to 16 years in prison for drugs and weapons charges. Morales was paid to appear in a costume like this one as McGruff The Crime Dog, giving crime-prevention speeches and tips to children. His kibbles, er, troubles all started in 2011 when he was pulled over for speeding. . .
This traffic stop wouldn’t end with a ticket, though, because Morales had stupidly left two diagrams of his indoor marijuana grow operations sitting on the front seat of his car. After a police dog (a real police dog) alerted for the presence of drugs, officers searched the car and obtained a search warrant for Morales’ home.
There they discovered 1,000 pot plants, along with 27 guns, 9,000 rounds of ammo, and a grenade launcher. I’d call that a ‘collection’ instead of ‘arsenal’ but maybe that’s just me.
The ‘grenade launcher’ may have gotten all the headlines (including mine) but the actual implement was far more likely a completely-legal 37mm flare launcher like this one.
37mm launchers are not considered destructive devices under the NFA, and they’re not even very expensive. Since 37mm ammo is all novelty rounds like flares, gas, or bird bombs, this ‘grenade launcher’ is likely all bark and no bite.