Rep. Trey Radel Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Charge

Source: Catalina Camia and Ledyard King / USA Today

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.

The freshman congressman, who represents a solidly Republican district in southwest Florida, said he’ll enter a rehab program. He will also pay a $250 fine on the misdemeanor charge.

Radel, 37, vowed that he will “come out of this stronger” and told Judge Robert Tignor that he wants to “continue serving this country.”

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