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Moulton officer arrested for allegedly buying drugs

By Kristen Bishop · 340-2443

MOULTON — Officers arrested one of their own Friday night after a Moulton police officer allegedly bought illegal prescription drugs in the Midway Piggly Wiggly parking lot.

The state attorney general’s office charged Octavius Hamilton, 43, of 112 Web St., Moulton, with possession of a controlled substance after he bought 30 bars of Xanax, an often-abused prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders, said police.

Hamilton has worked in law enforcement for 18 years, with most of those years spent with the Moulton Police Department.

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said his department and the attorney general’s office have been investigating Hamilton for about two weeks since receiving information from residents that the officer was “in the market to buy drugs.”

Mitchell declined to release details of the case pending further investigation.

“This is just really disappointing,” he said. “When we hear that a police officer is involved in something like this, we make twice the effort to catch him. It’s more important to clean our own house than clean someone else’s. A police officer on the inside can do a lot more damage than a normal citizen.”

Hamilton is suspended with pay pending the conclusion of the attorney general’s investigation. Mitchell said it is unlikely he will return to the Moulton Police Department.

The Lawrence County Jail released him Saturday on $7,500 bond.

The Lawrence County Drug Task Force, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation.

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