Son of former DC mayor faces drug-dealing charge

July 13, 2011 - 3:59 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of former District of Columbia mayor and current Councilmember Marion Barry faces a drug-dealing charge after police say they found PCP and marijuana in his apartment.

Marion Christopher Barry, 31, was arrested in late May after police responded to a report of a fight at his apartment, court documents show. After forcing their way inside, officers found a vial containing what the documents describe as more PCP than would be used by one person. Police also found five sandwich bags nearly full of marijuana.

Barry jumped out of a window to avoid police but later returned to the apartment and was arrested, the documents show. His foot was bloody when he returned, and police also found blood on the floor of the apartment, although no victims were located, according to the documents. The documents contained no suggestions from officials about where the blood came from.

Barry faces a single charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The charge was first reported Wednesday by Washington City Paper.

The elder Marion Barry declined to comment through a spokeswoman. Attorney Fred Cooke, who has represented the elder Barry in the past, confirmed he is representing Christopher Barry, who goes by his middle name. Cooke declined to comment further. Court records indicate that Christopher Barry is involved in plea negotiations with prosecutors. Cooke would not confirm that.

In 1990, during his third term as mayor, Marion Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room in an FBI sting operation. He served six months in federal prison. He was elected to a D.C. Council seat in 1992 and won a fourth term as mayor in 1994.

In 2004, he returned to the Council, representing the poorest of the city's eight wards, where he and his son both live.

Christopher Barry was charged in 2005 with assaulting a police officer. The charges were later dismissed, court records show.