Congressman's son charged with drug possession

By: ATHENS, Ga. (AP)
By: ATHENS, Ga. (AP)

The 18-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Police say Paul Collins Broun III was at a party at in Athens early Saturday when Athens-Clarke police responded to a complaint about noise. The police report says Broun smelled of alcohol, and a pill bottle containing a small amount of marijuana fell from his pocket.

The Athens Academy senior was also charged with underage possession of alcohol and violating the noise ordinance.

The Republican congressman, who was elected in 2007, issued a statement.

"This is a personal matter that our family will deal with privately. Our son has the love and support of his family as he takes responsibility for his actions. We appreciate everyone
s prayers during this personal family matter," the statement said.

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