Cocaine Use Costs Puerto Rico Lawmaker Seat


News Americas, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Tues. Mar. 1, 2011: Cocaine in a drug test has cost a Puerto Rican House of Representative member his seat.
Rep. Rolando Crespo, 35, a member of the party that favors U.S. statehood for the Caribbean island territory, resigned two days after officials disclosed that a drug test showed he had used cocaine.

In a brief statement, the former House Majority Whip and president of the powerful Rules and Calendar Committee told the media: “I went through an isolated incident and I have paid for it.”

Crespo was the representative of the northern coastal town of Aguadilla. He was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.

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