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November 19, 2013

Fla. Congressman charged with cocaine possession

A Florida congressman has been charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession in Washington.

A Florida congressman has been charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession in Washington.

District of Columbia Superior Court records show charges against Congressman Henry “Trey” Radel were filed Tuesday. The U.S. attorney’s office in Washington says the cocaine possession charge, a misdemeanor, carries a statutory maximum of six months in prison and a fine of $1,000. He was arrested on Oct. 29 according to court records.

Radel, 37, represents the 19th District of Florida, which includes the Gulf Coast communities of Fort Myers and Naples. He was a radio host before becoming a congressman.

The Republican was elected in 2012. Telephone and email messages left with Radel’s spokeswoman were not immediately returned on Tuesday afternoon.

Radel is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday morning.

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