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HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Desperado

Rep. Alcee Hastings is pushing back against a recent memoir by a drug-trafficker-turned-government-informant that claims he sold the Florida Democrat cocaine when Hastings was a federal judge.

The book in question, American Desperado: My Life From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset by journalist Evan Wright and former drug smuggler Jon Roberts, was released in November.

One passage in particular takes aim at Hastings:

The only rich degenerates I knew in Miami were people I met when I did landscaping. One was a man named Judge Alcee Hastings. I bought a quarter ounce of coke from Gary and went to Judge Hastings and asked him if hed like to buy some.

Are you kidding me? he said. Ill take the whole quarter.

He was a happy judge.

Roberts gained notoriety in pop culture with his star turn in the documentary Cocaine Cowboys about the drug trade in 1980s Miami.

Hastings says the passage is a complete fabrication.

I dont know this man, I dont care to know him and I will follow up by calling Random House to ask them to retract whatever it is that theyre writing about me. I had absolutely nothing, at no time ever, to do with any cocaine. I have never even seen cocaine other than in a courtroom. I dont have any knowledge of what hes talking about. I resent it, Hastings said in a voice mail.

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