Governor suspends Hampton mayor


Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 5:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 5:14 p.m.

Hampton Mayor Barry Moore was suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday following his arrest Monday on allegations of selling the narcotic oxycodone to authorities in an undercover operation.

The suspension will be in effect until a new executive order is signed depending on the outcome of Moore’s case.

Officials with the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office said they learned that Moore was selling oxycodone and arranged an undercover operation.

An arrest report included with Scott’s order states that a confidential source was given money to buy a pill. The source, outfitted with monitoring and recording equipment, went to Moore’s home and asked for a pill.

Moore said he would give the source one and that he “wasn’t selling (a pill) to anyone.”

The source walked away for a moment and then walked back. Moore handed the person a cigarette pack and indicated the pill was inside. The source put $20 in the pack and handed it back to Moore, the report states.

Authorities later identified the pill as a 30-milligram oxycodone tablet.

Hampton is between Waldo and Starke. Moore was elected mayor without opposition in September. He has previous misdemeanor convictions that include traffic offenses and violating a court injunction.

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