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article imageMayor of Hampton, Florida arrested on drug charges

By Arthur Weinreb     Nov 27, 2013 in Crime
Hampton - In case anyone is tempted to confuse the small Florida city with Canada's largest one, the Bradford County Sheriff was quick to point out, "This isn't Toronto."
According to the Bradford County Sheriff's Office, Barry Layne Moore, 51, the mayor of Hampton, Florida, was arrested without incident late Monday afternoon at his home in nearby Polk County. The mayor faces charges of possession of a Schedule I or II drug and selling a Schedule I or Schedule II drug. It is alleged Moore sold the drug Oxycodone.
A press release stated, "During another investigation, Deputy Christopher Register received information alleging the mayor was selling prescription medication. This information was presented to the Bradford County Sheriff's drug unit, which in turn began an extended investigation."
Hampton is a small city located in northern Florida near Starke. In 2012, the population of the city was 493.
After the mayor's arrest, Sheriff Gordon Smith took the opportunity to compare Bradford County with Toronto. Smith said, "This isn't Toronto. We will not tolerate illegal drug activity in my jurisdiction by anyone, to include our elected officials." Smith was of course was referring to Toronto mayor Rob Ford who has admitted smoking crack and drinking and driving while in office. Ford has yet to be charged with a crime in the saga that has made him a world famous figure.
Although Moore has no previous felony convictions, he was arrested in 2005 for domestic battery and last year for battery.
Jim Mitzell, who went to school with Moore and previously served as Hampton's mayor, said, "I've known him since we were kids. It's just a shame. I was so shocked. It just makes the city look bad. Everybody knew he's had problems over the years, but nobody ran against him so he automatically got elected."
Moore was elected in September. He was on disability after suffering a serious back injury and had been prescribed pain medication.
The 51-year-old was being held on $45,000 bond.
As Huffington Post pointed out, things are really bad in Toronto when the city is being laughed at by Florida.
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