- The Washington Times - Monday, March 25, 2002

A week after announcing his return to public life, former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, 66, was found with traces of marijuana and cocaine, according to police.
U.S. Park Police reported the traces were too minimal to arrest Mr. Barry about 9 p.m. Thursday after an officer was called to check out a suspicious vehicle parked in a no-parking zone of Buzzard Point in Southwest.
The officer who responded found Mr. Barry apparently ingesting something as he sat in a Jaguar. The officer also said he observed a powdery substance under the former mayor's nose.
A trained police dog was called. Authorities said the dog signaled that there had been drugs in the car. A field test on the Jaguar's interior also hinted of recent drug presence.
Mr. Barry's attorney said his client consented to allow the search and denies having any illegal drugs Thursday night. Mr. Barry has repeatedly claimed to be drug free since his arrest in 1990 for possession of cocaine.
Having already served three terms then as mayor, Mr. Barry was convicted of misdemeanor drug possession and sentenced to prison. Upon his release, he won election to the D.C. Council, and, two years later, to another term as mayor.
In 1997, he underwent surgery for prostate cancer. He stepped aside after completing his fourth term as mayor, during which Congress installed the D.C. financial control board to oversee the city's finances. The board was dissolved last year after the city presented its fourth straight balanced budget under Mayor Anthony A. Williams.
Since leaving office, Mr. Barry has worked as an investment banker.
On March 6, Mr. Barry announced that he will seek the at-large seat on the D.C. Council currently held by Democrat Phil Mendelson.

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