Son of U.S. Senator Arrested for Heroin Possession

By Shawn Dwyer 01/30/14

Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado has asked the press for ‘private space’ in order for his family to deal with son Jed’s addiction.

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Jed Udall, 26, son of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, was arrested Wednesday after police said he broke into three cars with heroin in his pocket.

According to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, residents of Eldorado Springs Drive called police around noon to report the break-ins. City of Boulder rangers and Boulder County deputies responded to the call and found Udall had broken into three vehicles. In a routine arrest, they found  a package of heroin in one of his pockets. He was charged without incident on four counts of first-degree trespassing and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Sen. Udall confirmed the arrest in a statement to the Daily Camera. "Maggie and I are deeply distressed to learn of our son's arrest," he said. "We love our son and stand with him in his commitment to getting the treatment he needs. We appreciate the private space to deal with this as a family."

The senator is up for re-election in 2014 and appears to be in a strong position to retain his seat. Earlier in the year, Udall faced another family crisis when he lost his brother, Randy Udall, who died while on a solo backpacking trip in western Wyoming’s Wind River Range.

Here’s a local news report about Randy Udall going missing:

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