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FL Congressman Enters Drug Treatment

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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, a Tea Party Republican from Naples, checked into an addiction treatment center Thursday afternoon, shortly after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine and saying he will take a leave of absence from Congress.

NBC Miami reports that Radel is being treated at a Naples branch of the Hazelden treatment center. Before entering, Radel said at a press conference that he has struggled with alcohol and drug abuse "off and on for years."

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