Former Mayor Of Florida's 'Most Corrupt Town' Jailed For Drugs

By McCarton Ackerman 06/26/14

Yet another episode of the continuing saga of drugs and corruption in Florida.

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Moore prior to resigning. Photo via

The former mayor of what was described as the “most corrupt town in Florida” has been sentenced to jail on drug charges.

Barry Layne Moore was given five years in jail for drug possession and distribution. He served as mayor in the town of Hampton for just two months before being arrested last November for selling oxycodone to an undercover officer. Although he remained in jail after being unable to come up with the $45,000 bail, he ignored calls from local officials to step down from office. He did, however, finally resign last March.

A state audit that same month found such rampant corruption in Hampton that state officials wanted to dissolve the town of 500 residents completely. In addition to 31 violations of the city’s charter, it was discovered that $132,000 in city funds was spent at the BP convenience store next to City Hall and $27,000 had been charged to the city’s credit card for expenses that served “no public purpose.” Hampton police wrote tickets for a staggering $617,000 in fines between 2010-2012, while residents said that one officer regularly strapped on an AR-15 rifle before approaching vehicles over routine traffic violations.

This wasn’t the first time Moore found himself in trouble with the law. He was arrested and charged with battery in October 2012, then booked with a probation violation for the same crime just two months later. In 2005, he was arrested but not charged with battery, and in 2011 he had three moving traffic violations with fines totaling $1,000.

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