Freshman Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine in a D.C. Superior Court judge Wednesday, after allegedly purchasing the illegal drug in a sting operation that was set up by several federal agencies. The added dimension to this case is that the Tea Partying Radel voted to force welfare recipients to submit to drug testing in order to receive benefits in addition to cutting 40 billion dollars from the food stamp system. The whole time, Radel is using taxpayer money to finance his drug and alcohol problems.
According to court documents, Radel “unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally possessed” cocaine on Oct. 29. Radel was charged Tuesday following an indictment by a Superior Court grand jury.
“I’ve hit a bottom,” Radel said, as he appeared in District of Columbia Superior Court.
Radel was sentenced to one year probation while he attends treatment in Florida. The freshman congressman, who represents a solidly Republican district in southwest Florida, stated that he will begin an in-patient rehab program in his home state. Radel said he is also seeking counseling in the District. If he violates his probation, he will have to serve 180 days in jail. Radel was also charged a $260 fee.