Busted! Congressman Caught Buying Cocaine in Joint Sting by FBI, DEA

Steve Neavling

U.S. Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel faces up to six months in jail after he was busted  for cocaine possession in a joint sting by the FBI and DEA, authorities announced Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The 37-year-old freshman lawmaker said he made an “extremely terrible choice” and has been struggling with alcoholism.

Radel was snagged in a “buy and bust” operation. On Oct. 29, Radel is accused of buying cocaine from an undercover sting.

“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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