Congressman Trey Radel Busted With Cocaine

Trey Radel

Move over Rob Ford, there’s a new crack-smoking politician in town – and he’s stealing your defense!

Rep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested for possession of cocaine a few weeks ago in Washington, DC. He was charged on Tuesday with misdemeanor cocaine possession and today he pled guilty and was sentenced to one year probation.

The former TV news anchor admitted purchasing 3.5g of cocaine from an undercover agent on October 29 outside of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Once the transaction was made, officers swooped in and Radel dropped the cocaine. Busted!

Following the news of the charges, Radel tried to steal a page from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s book and blame the incident on a drunken stupor. Radel said he had struggled with alcoholism, and this was to blame for his “extremely irresponsible choice”. Note to Trey Radel: that defense didn’t work out too well for Rob Ford, and it won’t work out too well for you.

But there is a silver lining to Radel’s cocaine bust – at least according to Radel:

“This unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

Also like Rob Ford, the first term Congressman has given no indication that he will resign from office. So for the time being Trey Radel will continue his work in Congress, which so far has included co-sponsoring a bill to give judges flexibility in mandatory minimum sentences on drug charges and voting in favour of a Republican-led bill that required food aid recipients to undergo drug tests. Perhaps his next goal should be to require all Congressmen to submit to random drug tests…

Via: The Washington Post

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