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Fla. representative resigns after cocaine scandal

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MIAMI — Facing a House ethics investigation, a US representative from Florida who pleaded guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year resigned Monday, after several GOP leaders requested that he step down.

Representative Trey Radel, a freshman Republican, announced his resignation in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, saying that while this year has ‘‘already been tremendously positive ... some of my struggles had serious consequences.’’

On Nov. 20, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer Oct. 29 in Washington.

Several GOP leaders, including Governor Rick Scott, had asked him to resign. But Radel had pledged to stay in office.

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