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Ethics committee ends investigation into Radel

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is ending an investigation of former Rep. Trey Radel because the Florida Republican resigned from Congress after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges.

Radel sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Monday announcing his resignation.

The House Ethics Committee says in a statement that an investigative subcommittee had begun its work but now no longer has jurisdiction over Radel. Radel pleaded guilty on Nov. 20 to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. He was sentenced to a year of probation after admitting to purchasing cocaine from an undercover officer Oct. 29 in Washington.

Radel had been in office for 10 months when he was charged. His district includes the cities of Fort Myers and Naples.

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