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BARRY BODYGUARD MAY FACE A PROBE

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One of Mayor Marion Barry's longtime security officers has been reassigned by the city police department and may face further investigation after his testimony at Barry's drug and perjury trial was contradicted, law enforcement sources say.

James Stays, a 29-year police veteran, has been reassigned to an administrative post pending an internal police investigation into whether he has used cocaine or covered up drug use by Barry, police sources say.A government witness testified Friday that she used cocaine with Stays at a 1985 cookout in suburban Kettering, Md. Stays, the first defense witness to testify for Barry, said he never saw drugs on a 1986 trip with Barry to the Virgin Islands. He also denied ever using drugs.

The government witness, former civilian police employee Delois Mise, also testified that she once saw Stays and Barry together in a hotel room where a small bag of what appeared to be cocaine was lying on a table.

Edward Sussman, Stays' attorney, could not be reached for comment Saturday.