Rep. Trey Radel Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Possession

The Florida Republican received one-year probation and a $260 fine.

Rep. Trey Radel, R- Fla., is interviewed in the Capitol Hill office in Washington D.C. 
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Matt Berman
Nov. 20, 2013, 5:28 a.m.

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., pleaded guilty on Wed­nes­day to a mis­de­mean­or for pos­ses­sion of co­caine after be­ing ar­res­ted in Dupont Circle on Oct. 29. The law­maker was sen­tenced to a one-year pro­ba­tion and a $260 fine. Radel said he will seek treat­ment for al­co­hol­ism in a state­ment Tues­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Radel bought 3.5 grams of co­caine from an un­der­cov­er po­lice of­ficer. Al­legedly, the House mem­ber in­vited the un­der­cov­er of­ficer to use co­caine with him and an ac­quaint­ance at his apart­ment. The doc­u­ments also al­lege that Radel had bought and used co­caine on “sev­er­al oc­ca­sions” for per­son­al use and for shar­ing with oth­ers.

On Wed­nes­day, he told the D.C. Su­per­i­or Court judge that he has “hit a bot­tom” and real­izes he needs help.

From here, the House Eth­ics Com­mit­tee will be re­quired to look in­to the case.


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