Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry denies having illegal drugs after the U.S. Park Police said it found traces of marijuana and cocaine in his car.
Barry was not arrested because the amount of the substance discovered Thursday night was too small, said Sgt. Scott Fear, a Park Police spokesman.
Police were summoned to a remote area of southwest Washington to investigate a report of a vehicle in a no-parking zone. An officer saw a man in a Jaguar appear to be "ingesting something," Fear said. The officer also noticed a powdery substance under the man's nose, he said.
The man's license and registration identified him as Barry. A police dog alerted authorities to possible drugs in the car.
Barry repeatedly has declared himself drug free since his 1990 arrest after he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel.
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