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Florida Congressman Charged With Cocaine Possession

November 19, 2013

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A freshman U.S. House member from Florida has been charged with possession of cocaine, court documents in Washington said.

Rep. Trey Radel formally was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, documents in D.C. Superior Court said, The Washington Post reported.

He is due to be arraigned Wednesday, the report said.

Radel was arrested for alleged cocaine possession Oct. 29, Politico said. The U.S. attorney's office refused comment.

The Post said Radel, 37, a Republican and a former journalist, was elected to his first term in November, taking 63 percent of the vote. He succeeded Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla.

The newspaper said Radel co-sponsored a bill to reform federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenses.

If convicted, Radel faces as much as 180 days in jail and a possible fine up to $1,000.

Politico said he represents Florida's 19th district in the southwestern part of the state, including Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral.

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