Rep. Trey Radel arrested on cocaine charges
WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Rep. Trey Radel of Fort Myers is due to be arraigned Wednesday morning on cocaine possession charges.
A Washington, D.C., court document says that on Oct. 29, Radel "did unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally possess a quantity of cocaine, a controlled substance."
The misdemeanor drug charge carries a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail and or a fine of $1,000.
A Drug Enforcement Administration official said Radel, 37, was arrested after buying cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details of the case in his own name, said Radel was identified to authorities as a cocaine buyer by his suspected dealer. The dealer had been previously arrested as part of a separate drug investigation led by a federal task force.
In a statement Radel expressed regret for letting down his family and the people of Southwest Florida but did not indicate he intends to step down.
"I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice," Radel said. "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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