Transcript for Congressman Trey Radel Allegedly Busted Buying Cocaine
this congressman making headlines for buying cocaine. Trey radel is going to court today after being caught up in a sting. He's a tea party favorite from florida. Calls himself a hip-hop congressman. And pierre thomas has all of the details on how he was caught. Good morning, pierre. Reporter: Good morning, george. Today, a sitting u.S. Congressman won't be on capitol hill. He will be in a d.C. Courthouse, facing drug charges that could land him in jail for up to 180 days. He's a conservative congressman. A compromise is essential. Reporter: And self-proclaimed rap music connoisseur. Public enemy "bring the noise," is one of my favorite tracks. Reporter: This morning, florida congressman trey radel has been accused of buying cocaine. Sources tell abc news, the congressman was snared in a point fbi/d.E.A. Sting operation, after being identified by a cocaine dealer. Radel allegedly purchased the COCAINE IN WASHINGTON'S DuPONT Circle. Authorities went to his home and warned him he had just purchased cocaine from a federal agent. They did not arrest radel. But told him he would be hearing from them soon. In a statement, the congressman acknowledged the charge but did not specifically mention cocaine. I am profoundly sorry, he said. I struggle with the disease of alcoholism. And this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. Radel recently supported legislation, forcing food stamp recipients to pass a drug test before receiving benefits. He co-sponsored a bill, lowering mandatory sentencing for some drug offenses. He also admitted that his favorite vacation spot is cartagena, colombia. The story drawing comparisons to toronto mayor, rob ford, who also admitted to using cocaine. I have nothing left to hide. Reporter: And to the bottle-carrying, sporadic congressman, in the netflix series "house of cards." Like that character, radel he'll get treatment. A spokesman for john boehner said, members of congress should be held to the highest standards. But ultimately, this is between the congressman, and his family. Cartagena, colombia. Yeah. And now to the frightening headline. An abc news exclusive. Al qaeda operatives living right
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