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GOP Congressman Admits Cocaine Possession

A Republican congressman from Florida pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor cocaine possession charge.

U.S. Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla. (File)

WASHINGTON (November 20, 2013) U.S. Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel, R-Fla., pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year's probation.

The first-term Republican entered the plea Wednesday morning, acknowledging that he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover agent.

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official says Radel bought cocaine from an undercover agent on Oct. 29 in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood.

Later that night, federal authorities went to his apartment and informed him that he would be facing criminal charges.

The charges were made public Tuesday, and Radel expressed regret in a statement.

Radel, 37, said he struggles with alcoholism and will seek treatment and counseling.

Radel made no mention of his political future, but said he had made an "extremely irresponsible choice" and let down his family and his constituents.

Before his election to Congress, he worked as a TV reporter and anchor, a conservative radio host and a businessman.


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