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Will Florida Mayor Resign After Oxycodone Selling Arrest?

Trey Radel isn’t the Florida politician to find himself in a drug scandal this month. Hampton Mayor Barry Layne Moore was arrested this past Monday for possession of and selling oxycodone. The 51-year-old is currently being held in a local jail on $45,000 bail.

This isn’t the first time Moore has found himself in legal hot water, though. He was arrested and charged with battery in October 2012, then booked with a probation violation just two months later. He was also arrested (but not charged) with battery in 2005 and had three moving traffic violations in 2011, with the fines totaling $1,000

Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith, who arrested Moore, made a not-so-subtle reference to infamous mayor Rob Ford by declaring that “this isn’t Toronto. We will not tolerate illegal drug activity in my jurisdiction by anyone, including our elected officials.” However, Moore has not given any indication he plans to step down from office.

Meanwhile, Republican Florida Rep. Trey Radel has taken a leave of absence from office after being arrested for possession of cocaine. The charge is particularly ironic because he had taken public policy stances that included asking welfare recipients to pass a drug test before finding themselves eligible for food stamps.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Jon Stewart has been having a field day with the self-described “Hip-Hop conservative,” in particular with Radel’s admission that his favorite vacation spot is Cartagena, Colombia. “Anything that could have tipped us off he was a cocaine user?” he asked sarcastically on The Daily Show. Radel released a statement saying he was “profoundly sorry” to “let the people of South Florida down.” He also acknowledged having a problem and said he “will do whatever is necessary to overcome it.”

(Photo: Hampton Police Department)

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