November 20th, 2013
09:46 AM ET
10 months ago

Rep. Trey Radel gets probation for cocaine bust, to seek treatment

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Trey Radel was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor cocaine possession - a charge that authorities say came after he bought a small amount of cocaine in a sting in the nation's capital last month.

Radel, a 37-year-old first-term Republican from Florida, said at his sentencing in D.C. Superior Court that he plans to enter an inpatient drug treatment program in Naples, Florida. It wasn't immediately clear how long he would be in treatment.

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  1. don in albuquerque

    Time for the BBB. You know-Butts Behind Bars.

    November 20, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. sammy750

    This guy is just one of the many felons and criminals that the Tea Party has elected to represent the people

    November 20, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Huge black eye and a blow to the Republican party. I say make all drugs legal. I mean this is the land of the free.

    November 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice."
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    Ok Tom Ford Jr. You needs to resign immediately! So because you're an alcoholic, you just all of a sudden turn to a powder head? Heck! John Boehner is an alcoholic. Does he do coke? This is the same guy who said people should be drug tested in order to receive federal assistance.

    November 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. rs

    Whoops! The family values party at work again. Maybe he actually needed the drugs to sooth his conscience for what the GOP is doing to Florida citizens. This idiot should be stripped of his congressional benefits, and drug tested for the rest of his life- like those who have to undergo the same demeaning process to get their meager assistance checks.

    On that front- last I heard, Florida saved a whole $60,000 by denying payments based upon positive drug tests- that have cost their state well north of $1 million. More GOP "fiscal sense".

    November 20, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Are Republicans going to demonstrate to the country how hypocritical they are by not bringing Radel before Rep. Issa's Ethics Committee? Judging from Boehner's remarks about this being a "police matter", it would seem that the Republicans have already decided to sweep this under the rug as if it never happened.

    It Radel had half the moral values that he campaigned on, he'd resign immediately. But, he won't resign because he lacks the morals and sense of selflessness to do so. In other words, like most conservatives, he's just too selfish to do what is right.

    November 20, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. jinx9to88

    One year probation? Any normal citizen would be in jail.

    November 20, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Data Driven

    But a dealer who was arrested last month told federal agents that one of his customers was a congressman, a law enforcement official said.

    So, deciding they couldn't turn away from that, agents set up the sting, law enforcement officials said."

    Anyone else a little bothered by this? I wonder if a clever defense lawyer could mount a defense based on prejudice by the cops.

    Of course, I don't think what he did was wrong. The arbitrariness of the Drug War is best exemplified by the glory-chasing cops, who, by the way, just blew their lid off their undercover operation without apprehending the leaders of the ring.

    If Trey is to be gaoled for anything, it should be for his seditionist politics, rather than his coke use.

    November 20, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    The holier than thou conservative family values Republican Tea Party should tell Rep Radel to resign.

    November 20, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, rest assured the Right-wing press will leap to his defense. I wonder how many right-wing pundits will suddenly be in favor of legalizing cocaine after this, since this is clearly a case of government over reach. Only private citizens have the right to seel drugs illegally, not a government-run sting operation. When will Issa get around to investigating this?

    November 20, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    "The 37-year-old Florida Republican was charged after he allegedly made the purchase in Washington on October 29, in a sting that stemmed from a broader FBI/Drug Enforcement Administration"

    This will be interesting to hear the spin in the FOX echo chamber, as to how his arrest claim was taken "out of context"!

    November 20, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |