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Congressman faces drug charge

on November 20, 2013 10:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel is apologizing to his constituents after being busted on a cocaine possession charge, acknowledging he also struggles with alcoholism and intends to seek treatment and counseling.

The 37-year-old freshman Republican was charged with cocaine possession Tuesday and was scheduled to appear today in District of Columbia Superior Court.

In a statement expressing regret, Radel made no mention of his political future but said he had made an “extremely irresponsible choice” and had let down his family and his constituents.

A Drug Enforcement Administration official says Radel bought cocaine from an undercover agent in Washington on Oct. 29.

The official spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details of the case in his own name.

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