Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen!

Accused Moulton police officer honored in 2006

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) -- A Moulton police officer accused of buying illegal prescription drugs from an undercover narcotics agent made 18 drug-related arrests in 2006 and was named the Dayshift Officer of the Year.

The state attorney general's office charged Octavius Hamilton, 43, with possession of a controlled substance for allegedly buying 30 2-milligram tablets of Xanax in the Midway Piggly Wiggly parking lot about 8 p.m. Friday. Investigators said the transaction was videotaped.

Hamilton was released from the Lawrence County Jail on $7,000 bond and suspended without pay pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said he heard rumors of Hamilton's alleged drug activity but that he was always a highly productive officer.

"I've had people make allegations in the past, but there was never anything substantial," McWhorter told The Decatur Daily in a story Tuesday.

He said Hamilton made 150 arrests, issued 388 tickets and answered 932 calls in 2006 making him a qualified candidate for the department's Dayshift Officer of the Year award.

An investigation began about two weeks ago after authorities received credible information that Hamilton was in the market to buy drugs.

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said the investigation "will continue for several days until we've gotten all the information processed to see what leads where.

Don't you just hate hypocrisy?

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