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.”
I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida. http://t.co/PfVwSHQsbq
— Rep. Trey Radel (@treyradel) November 19, 2013
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.[Image Via Wikimedia Commons]