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'This Isn't Toronto': Florida Sheriff Arrests Mayor For Selling Drugs

  1. Rob Cypher
    A sheriff in Florida charged and arrested Hampton Mayor Barry Layne Moore with selling drugs this week, explaining that Bradford County "isn't Toronto," the Associated Press reported.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack in November and has been stripped of some of his powers by the Toronto City Council. He has refused to resign.

    Moore, 51, is charged with possessing and selling Oxycodone and is currently being held on $45,000 bail.

    “This isn’t Toronto,” Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith said in a statement. "We will not tolerate illegal drug activity in my jurisdiction by anyone to include our elected officials."

    Moore (R-FL) is not the only Florida politician to be busted for drug use recently. Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in November and is currently in rehab.

    Moore has an arrest record that includes a battery charge.

    Caitlin MacNeal
    Talking Points Memo
    November 27, 2013



  1. kmak
    What a dickish comment. Did he even think that through before stating it to the press? A political satirist should say that, a sheriff should not. I wonder if there will be some backlash for him saying that.
  2. Smona
    Why do some cops have to love their jobs so damn much?
  3. usually0
    What kind of person thinks like that? "This isn't Toronto", get off your high horse bro. The mayor has admitted to smoking crack, but there's no charges against him, there's nothing anyone can do in that regards.

    Any Americans care to comment? Heard on the radio in the US some sheriffs talking about users as sinners and putting down users in other ways, or discriminating against them in some fashion. Anyone else finds this is the case amongst police officers in the states?

    In Canada, I find the police here are educated and realistic, they know drug users aren't criminals, cops are the good guys here, giving helpful advice on where to use so you can be discreet and not get caught.

    Is this any different in America? Especially in regards to marijuana, cops totally respect you as long as that's the only law you're breaking, never heard of someone being arrested for possession unless they were thought to be traffickers or they were on private property. I have the feeling in the states they treat pot like every other drug.
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