Jury Finds Coatesville Man Not Guilty of Possessing Cocaine With the Intent to Deliver

In the matter of Commonwealth vs. Edgar Barber, a Chester County jury found Mr. Barber not guilty of possessing nearly seventeen (17) grams of crack cocaine with the intent to deliver. At trial, Mr. Hoey called an expert on behalf of the Defendant to explain to the jury that possessing such an amount of cocaine was not in and of itself indicative of intent to deliver. To the contrary, the defense expert testified that one with a heavy addiction to cocaine could consume such an amount of cocaine over several days. Although Mr. Barber was convicted of possessing said cocaine, his sentence was considerably reduced and no minimum mandatory sentencing provision was utilized. Commonwealth vs. Edgar Barber: Chester County Court of Common Pleas