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Moulton fires officer arrested on drug charges

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — The Moulton City Council fired a police officer Monday after he was arrested for allegedly buying illegal prescription drugs in the Midway Piggly Wiggly parking lot.

The state attorney general's office charged officer Octavius Ham-ilton, 43, of 112 Web St., Moulton, with possession of a controlled substance for his alleged purchase of 30 Xanax tablets, an often-abused prescription anxiety drug, from an undercover narcotics agent March 30.

Investigators said they videotaped the transaction.

Hamilton was immediately suspended with pay following his arrest.

Following an executive session Monday, council members approved a motion to fire Hamilton.

He has worked in law enforcement for 18 years and was honored with various awards during his career, including the 2006 Dayshift Office of the Year.

The City Council fired Hamilton before, in 1995, for allegedly loitering on the job. After winning a wrongful termination and discrimination suit against the city, Hamilton returned to the Police department in 1998.

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