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Florida Congressman Pleads Guilty After Cocaine Bust


Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) pleaded guilty today in D.C. Superior Court to a misdemeanor cocaine charge after he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine for $260 from an undercover officer at an undisclosed Dupont area restaurant on Oct. 29. He was sentenced to one year of probation.

After he was busted outside the Dupont restaurant, Radel brought the officer back to his apartment, admitted to purchasing the cocaine, and showed the officer another vial of cocaine he had in his apartment.

The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration learned in the fall during a D.C. area investigation into cocaine trafficking that Radel routinely purchased cocaine for his personal use and sometime shared it with others, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

"Today's guilty plea emerges from a broader narcotics investigation that brough to light information that a sitting Member of Congress was routinely using and buying cocaine. Once this information was confirmed, law enforcement could not ignore this illegal conduct," said U.S. Attorney Ron Machen in a statement. "Mr. Radel's guilty plea is similar to those entered every year by hundreds of other drug offenders in the District of Columbia who posses illegal narcotics. We appreciate his willingness to promptly accept responsibilityfor his conduct."

In a statement yesterday, Radel says he will enter an alcoholism treatment facility and did not mention any plans of resigning.

Photo by Realtor Action Center via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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  • Izzy

    this is no different from Marion Barry smoking crack, so why is this just a misdemeanor?

    the disparity in sentencing for crack and coccaine is ridiculous.

  • Typical DC BS

    @Izzy: How many murders and robberies are associated with crack as compared to cocaine in DC? Don't know if you are old enough to remember when crack was introduced to the streets of DC, but it drove the murder and crime rates SKY HIGH. That was the impetus for the higher penalties.

    But I agree that the sentencing disparity should be eliminated.

  • seaoftears

    Since when is ANY amount of COCAINE a misdemeanor ??? Much less buying 3.5 GRAMS of it from the FBI/CIA ! This whole case stinks to high heaven of corruption and cover up. This Cocaine Congressman was arrested in Oct and not one single word about it in our Media until he goes to court. Today is Jan. 1, 2014 and other then a short mention of his arrest, not a word about it sense. Yet, from the time of America's Coke Ho Congressman's arrest until present time, the American Media continues to report several times a day about some mayor in CANADA, yes, CANADA and his drug problems !!! A US CONGRESSMAN IS BUSTED IN A DRUG STING AND THE MEDIA ACTS AS IF IT IS NO PROBLEM. And sadly, the American people are so dumbed down, they do not seem to notice.
    The MSM in this country are nothing more then propaganda machines for the US Government. Whereas Freedom of the Press was an important part of the US Constitution as a needed protection for the American people against a Government gone rogue, the MSM in the US has become another branch of the executive branch of government. We no longer have journalist that do their research and ask the hard questions to report the truth, we have propaganda readers that read the day's government press releases. The only research these 'readers' do today concerns the latest gossip on the latest celebrity they report on to keep Americans distracted from our Corporation owned Government's corruption.
    BTW Izzy, there is a huge difference between Marion Barry and our Cocaine Congressman. Marion Barry is not a RICH WHITE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN.