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Florida Sheriff Gordon Smith Says 'This Isn't Toronto' After Drug Bust Of Hampton Mayor Barry Layne Moore

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After filing drug charges against a local mayor, a Florida sheriff told reporters that “this isn’t Toronto” and later added that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should resign.

Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith announced the arrest of Hampton Mayor Barry Layne Moore on charges of possessing and selling Oxycodone on Monday.

“This isn’t Toronto,” Smith said late Monday in a statement, according to The Toronto Sun. “We will not tolerate illegal drug activity, in my jurisdiction, by anyone (including) our elected officials.”

Smith shared more thoughts on Ford with CP24 on Wednesday.

“I am not always known to be politically correct, but my stance is that you have one guy that has made a mockery of your city. This guy just don’t quit and he is full of excuses and stupidity,” Smith stated. “You just don’t smoke crack one time and you just don’t do that in some drunken stupor. You know there are a lot of people that get drunk and do stupid things, but they don’t pick up a crack pipe and decide to start smoking crack."

In an interview with the Toronto Sun a day earlier, Smith said it was time for Ford to leave his position.

“He should have resigned, he should have had the cojones to go ahead and resign and say, ‘Hey, I messed up, I represent the people, the people are the ones that elect me and I’ve messed up and I’ve brought shame and therefore I’m going to step down and do the right thing,’” Smith told the newspaper.

The 51-year-old Moore was charged with possession of a Schedule I or II drug and selling a Schedule I or II drug. He was being held on $45,000 bail.

Sources: CP24, Toronto Sun