November 20th, 2013
10:23 AM ET

Florida Rep. Trey Radel Being Arraigned Today on Drug Charges

Rep. Trey Radel is due in Washington superior court Wednesday, charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession after an October 29 arrest, according to court documents.

The 37 year-old Florida Republican is serving his first term in Congress after winning office last November.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday that the charges come with a maximum 180 day imprisonment and/or $1,000 fine, reports CNN's Athena Jones.

“I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida," Radel said in a statement released by his office. "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.”

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  1. james Allan

    Just a slap on the wrist!
    We should drug test the politicians of Florida since we know someone does cocaine already!

    November 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply

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