A DOJ public relations campaign using a cartoon character and actors sent out to schools and public events as McGruff The Crime Dog took a bad turn when one of the actors who portrayed this crime fighting dog turned out to be a major drug producer in possession of 9000 rounds of ammunition and a grenade launcher and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. John Morales was said to be in possession of 1000 marijuana plants in addition to a sizable arms cache. The actor had portrayed the crime fighting mascot at school appearance to encourage children to report crime and to improve community safety. The Houston area man was actually arrested because of real drug sniffing dogs. He claimed he was growing the marijuana to help sick relatives, but the judge in the case was too convinced of some of the claims of Morales.