WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.
“I’ve hit a bottom where I realize I need help. And I have aggressively pursued that help,” Radel said, as he admitted in District of Columbia Superior Court that he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine.
More: Rep. Trey Radel Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge
I will say this for him, it’s probably the best handling of a situation like this that I’ve seen. No weaseling, no “the B# set up me”, just admitting that he has a problem, take a plea, and then move on.
Radel was caught buying drugs Oct. 29 from an undercover police officer, according to a statement filed in court by prosecutors and signed by him. The statement explains that agents investigating cocaine trafficking in Washington learned from an informant that Radel “had on several occasions purchased, possessed, and used cocaine.” After he was caught, Radel invited federal agents to his apartment where he turned over a vial of cocaine he had there.
This is a guy with a serious problem, and having fought my own inner demons I can only wish him the best. From what I’ve read at other sources, his behavior wasn’t unknown to both the authorities and the press had gotten wind of it also. It was only going to be a matter of time before it broke one way or another.
As an aside, he represents the part of Florida that my dad has moved to. Love my Pops, 85 years old, still checking out the ladies, and more liberal than I am. I’m just afraid that he’s going to get mixed up with some young 65 Y/O hussy and spend all my inheritance :)
UPDATE at 11/20/13 6:01:22 pm
Congressman Busted for Cocaine to Hold 10:30pm ET Press Conference
Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), who pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine on Wednesday, will hold a press conference at 10:30pm ET tonight at his Cape Coral office.
House Speaker John Boehner’s office (R-OH) is not expected to call for his resignation or any further disciplinary action.