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Ex-mayor of 'corrupt' Florida town guilty of drug dealing

By Ann O'Neill, CNN
updated 12:22 PM EDT, Wed April 23, 2014
Barry Layne Moore was accused of selling oxycodone weeks after becoming Hampton's mayor.
Barry Layne Moore was accused of selling oxycodone weeks after becoming Hampton's mayor.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mayor Barry Layne Moore was arrested in midst of city's corruption scandal
  • Hampton, Florida, fought attempt to dissolve the city by cleaning house
  • City of 477 residents had been a notorious speed trap
  • Audit found financial irregularities, mismanagement

(CNN) -- The former mayor of a Florida city that successfully fought back an attempt to dissolve it over corruption has been found guilty of possessing and distributing oxycodone while he was in office.

A jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Tuesday evening before finding Barry Layne Moore, 52, guilty of obtaining and selling the prescription narcotic, said Brad Smith, a spokesman for the Bradford County Sheriff's Office. Moore is being held without bail and will be sentenced June 10.

Moore had been mayor for just a few weeks when he was arrested November 25 after selling a single 30-milligram oxycodone pill, known on the street as a "blueberry," to an undercover informant for $20.

He said he had known the informant for years and denied accepting any money for the pill, which was prescribed to him by a doctor for chronic back pain. He acknowledged being addicted to pain medication.

The most corrupt town in America?

Florida legislators had sought to dissolve Hampton, a city of 477 residents off U.S. 301 between Jacksonville and Gainesville, after an audit (PDF) uncovered financial irregularities, mismanagement and a police force that had grown out of proportion with the size of the city.

Accused of corruption, threatened with extinction

For years, Hampton was a notorious speed trap.

The legislators agreed to spare Hampton after Moore and other city officials resigned and the city agreed to dismantle its police force, abandon the speed trap and allow the sheriff to assume responsibility for public safety.

City 'too corrupt for Florida' is spared

City officials also agreed to hold special elections in September to tweak the city's 1925 charter and elect a new mayor and city council.

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