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Congressman Charged with Cocaine Possession

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First-term Florida Congressman Trey Radel has been charged with cocaine possession. He was arrested in Washington on October 29th according to information released from a spokesperson from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Radel is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday where he will be arraigned for possessing a controlled substance. The misdemeanor charge could involve a sentence of up to 180 days inside prison in addition to a potential $1,000 fine.

Congressman Trey 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.”

Radel had a successful career prior to being elected to Congress in 2012. Beforehand, the Congressman had worked in radio and even served as a television reporter.

Congressman Radel spoke about the underlying condition that influenced his behavior. “I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions,” he said.

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Congressman Charged with Cocaine Possession
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  • Michael

    I like his response. He is acknowledging his problem. Setting his priorities and seeking help. I support him in his battle for sobriety.

  • Nancy

    how could you do such a stupid thing at this time?

    • Nancy

      I was directing my comment here to the Republican Radel buying cocaine.