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.
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