Marion Barry Claims the FBI Tried to Kill Him

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Bill Baker, the FBI director in charge during the 1990 sting said he finds Barry’s claims completely “absurd and disappointing.” However, Baker did admit that he was not sure how the D.C. police department, who collaborated with the FBI, acquired the crack cocaine used in the operation.

Over two decades ago, the 76-year-old former mayor initially said the FBI tried to kill him shortly after his arrest alleging that the crack used in the sting was so strong that it was poisonous.

“They had me ingest cocaine, crack cocaine, which could have killed me. … I could have been dead now with 70, 80, 90 percent pure cocaine,” Barry said.

A chemist testifying during the Barry’s trial found that the cocaine used in the operation was 93 percent pure.

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