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House of Cards: US congressman in cocaine scandal resigns

Published on Jan 28, 2014 1:22 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Trey Radel, the US congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession last year, resigned on Monday, saying he could no longer effectively serve his constituents.

The first-term Republican announced his resignation in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, acknowledging "some personal struggles" last year.

"Unfortunately, some of my struggles had serious consequences," Radel wrote. "While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, South-west Florida."

Radel, 37, was arrested in October after he was caught purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover police officer outside a Washington restaurant. He faced a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail, but instead was sentenced to one year of supervisory probation.

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