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Move over, Rob Ford.

Trey Radel is coming after your drug-based political headlines.

The Florida congressman was arrested yesterday and charged with cocaine possession after federal law enforcement officers caught Radel allegedly purchasing drugs from an undercover agent on October 29.

The congressman was informed that evening that the charge would be forthcoming.

The Hollywood Gossip

In a statement, Radel did not mention whether or not he would resign, but did acknowledge an "extremely irresponsible choice" and added that he will seek treatment for substance abuse.


"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 his statement, adding:

"However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. 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."

The cocaine charge carries a maximum sentence of six months behind bars and a $1,000 fine. It is a misdemeanor.

According to an unnamed Drug Enforcement Administration official, Radel’s drug dealer identified the politician to the authorities, proving once and for all: you really should not trust drug dealers.