Republican congressman Trey Radel in court on cocaine possession charge
Trey Radel, a representative from Florida, was arrested on October 29 in Washington
A Republican congressman who describes himself as a "hip hop conservative" will appear in court today charged with possession of cocaine.
Trey Radel, who is less than a year into his first term as representative from Florida, was arrested on October 29 in Washington, according to Politico.
The 37-year-old faces one count of possession of a controlled substance and will appear before a federal court today.
The charge can carry a maximum sentence of 180 days in prison or $1,000 fine for a first offence.
In a statement Mr Radel said he was "profoundly sorry".
"I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them."
He continued: "Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions. However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease."
Mr Radel did not say if he would resign.
Mr Radel is a former television news anchor and is known in Washington for his prolific tweeting.
While on planes he would offer reviews of the inflight shopping selection, using the hash tag #treyonplane.
In a variation on the theme he tweeted a tour of the US Capitol dome under the hash tag #treyondome.
Mr Radel was asked in March by Roll Call what his favourite holiday spot was and replied Cartegena, Colombia.
He was elected in November 2012, winning 63 per cent of the vote in Florida's 19th district, one of the most Republican constituencies in the swing state.