Trey Radel Arrested In October For Possession Of Cocaine

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) was arrested on October 29 for possession of cocaine, Politico reports.

According to Politico, Radel was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Read more at Politico.

Below, more from the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida congressman has been charged with misdemeanor drug possession in Washington.

District of Columbia court records show charges against Congressman Henry "Trey" Radel were filed Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Radel, a Republican, was elected in 2012. Telephone and e-mail messages left with Radel's spokeswoman, Amanda Nunez, were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

Radel is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

UPDATE -- 5:09 p.m.: Radel released the following statement:

I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida. I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.

In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions.

However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.

Please keep my family in your prayers.



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