Xpress has received several e-mails forwarded by hacker and writer Barrett Brown, purportedly from a local resident alleging Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore’s connection with drug trafficking, a claim Brown has also made.
On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Forbes magazine technology blog reported on a claim by Brown that Moore was cooperating with Mexican drug cartels. Sunday, in a public chat, Brown modified his claim, asserting Moore is involved with an American gang, the Houstones, and not with the Los Zetas Mexican cartel.
Brown has provided Xpress with e-mails, which he says come from an Asheville resident, claiming Moore is involved in drug trafficking. Based on their content, the e-mails appear to be from a local resident or someone very familiar with the Asheville area. Xpress is investigating the e-mails and their claims.
Moore, in a faxed statement to WLOS Sunday night, asserted that the allegations are “not true and it is the height of negligent and irresponsible journalism to promote this untrue and unverified gossip.”