Florida Congressman Radel Gets Probation On Cocaine Charge

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Reuters
Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to one year of probation.

Florida Congressman Trey Radel

Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to one year of probation.

"Your honor, I apologize for what I've done," Radel, 37, told Judge Robert Tignor during the sentencing hearing.

Radel, a Republican who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last year with the backing of the conservative Tea Party movement, was charged after allegedly buying 3.5 grams of cocaine in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood on Oct. 29 in the presence of an undercover agent, the government said.

Court papers indicate that Radel came to the attention of federal authorities who were investigating an alleged drug dealer who had dealt with him.