WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida congressman Henry “Trey” Radel has been charged with cocaine possession and faces arraignment Wednesday in Washington.
In a statement expressing regret, the 37-year-old Republican freshman lawmaker said Tuesday he struggles with alcoholism and intends to seek treatment and counseling.
Authorities allege that Radel possessed cocaine on Oct. 29. The circumstances of the alleged possession were not immediately known, and a one-sentence court document did not add any details.
He was scheduled to appear Wednesday morning in District of Columbia Superior Court.
“In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions,” Radel said in a statement.
“However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling,” his statement said. “I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”
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