Florida congressman charged with cocaine possession, admits alcoholism
Representative Henry “Trey” Radel of Florida has been charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession in Washington, the AP reports.
The Republican congressman, who represents Florida’s 19th district, was arrested on October 29 and official charges were filed Tuesday by the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Rep. Radel posted a public apology on his Facebook page, writing that he suffered from alcoholism and that the disease led to “an extremely irresponsible choice.” He also stated that he was prepared to “face responsibility” for his actions and that the ordeal would offer an opportunity to “seek treatment and counseling.”
The congressman is scheduled to be arraigned in the D.C. Superior Court Wednesday.