Transcript for Florida Congressman Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Possession
It took just minutes inside a Washington DC courtroom this morning for this Florida congressman -- -- it -- -- buying cocaine represented him -- Raed -- AT party darling and self professed hip -- congressman. Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. -- de LA former TV news anchor was caught buying cocaine October 29 in DC's DuPont Circle neighborhood. Little did he know it was all part of a joint operation between the FBI and DEA after the congressman had been identified by a cocaine dealer. According to prosecutors radio had purchased cocaine several times from an agent and even turned over to authorities -- more cocaine from his house in a statement before today's court appearance. Friedel had fessed up to some personal problems but not specific -- hopeful news. I struggle with the disease of alcoholism and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. The conservative congressman is one of Washington's more colorful characters. In the past -- has admitted that his favorite vacation spot is -- -- -- -- Columbia. Once a hub for drug trafficking he's also boasted of his love for rap music. Public -- -- noise is one of my favorite track. -- -- troubles come on the heels of Toronto mayor rob -- downward spiral. The outspoken mayor has admitted to smoking crack and continues to resist pressure to resign. Rate -- placed on a one year probation and -- seek inpatient treatment at a facility in Naples Florida. Rob Nelson ABC news New York.
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