Puerto Rican majority whip resigns over drug detection
Feb 28 2011
Ronaldo Crespo was found to have tested positive for the illegal substance during a mandatory check for all legislators.
Following disclosure of the test results, Crespo announced on Friday (February 25th) that he would step down from his position as majority whip.
"Sadly I made a mistake, that though isolated, forces me to resign because it is my responsibility to my party, to my family but mostly to my constituents that I step down," the Associated Press reports him as saying.
He denied a reliance on the drug, stating rather that his use of cocaine was a one-time incident.
Crespo's statement came after it was revealed two days earlier by officials that his drug detection check had not been clean.
Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth associated with the US.
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