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Rep. Radel Returns to Congress

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year is returning to Congress.

Republican Rep. Trey Radel says he's looking forward to representing his southwest Florida constituents in Washington again after taking a leave of absence and undergoing treatment in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

In November, 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 in Washington on Oct. 29.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating his conduct.

The 37-year-old freshman has resisted calls from several GOP leaders, including Gov. Rick Scott, to resign. Last month, Radel pledged to regain the trust of his constituents by redoubling his legislative efforts in the capital.

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