City police are trying to find out why two undercover officers left a hotel before they investigated a man suspected of drug involvement who was meeting at the time with Mayor Marion Barry, according to a published report.

Barry has acknowledged meeting the man, former city employee Charles Lewis, three times last week at a hotel where a hotel maid complained that Lewis offered her cocaine.In an investigation that has since turned into a probe of how police handled a case touching on the mayor, two undercover officers were reportedly called back from their attempt to buy drugs at the time Barry was in the room with Lewis, according to The Washington Post.

The Post also reported the city police official in charge of the original case offered to lie to reporters about the Lewis investigation, a charge the official denied.