Parking Authority worker arrested on drug charges, fired

Posted: March 01, 2014

A Philadelphia Parking Authority employee was arrested by police at the state Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday as he allegedly tried to enter the building with illegal drugs.

Edward Barr, 28, of Philadelphia, will be charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct, said Troy Thompson, a spokesman for the Capitol police.

A vial and a bag of "rocklike objects" were found in Barr's possession during a routine screening at the Capitol entrance, Thompson said. He was booked and released, Thompson said.

Barr was a messenger for the Parking Authority and was delivering documents to the Legislative Reference Bureau, said Martin O'Rourke, a spokesman for the authority.

Barr was fired by authority executive director Vince Fenerty on Tuesday after Barr's return to Philadelphia, O'Rourke said.

He had worked for the Parking Authority for about a year, O'Rourke said.

In December 2012, Barr was featured in an Inquirer article about out-of-work young people. He told the newspaper then that he had spent four years in prison for dealing drugs.

O'Rourke said the Parking Authority "will occasionally hire ex-offenders to give them a second chance, and that's what happened in this case."

Barr could not be reached for comment Thursday.



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