Florida freshman Republican Trey Radel was arrested on October 29 in Washington, D.C. for cocaine possession, according to a Politico report.
On Tuesday, Radel, a former radio host who was elected with significant Tea Party support, was was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine.
He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a potential fine of as much as $1,000.
Radel's office declined Politico's request for comment.
Update — Radel's office has released the following statement:
I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida. 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.
In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. 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.
Please keep my family in your prayers.