Rep. Radel pleads guilty to cocaine charge, sentenced to 1 year probation


Republican Florida Rep. Trey Radel pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, one day after his run-in with the law was made public. 

Radel had purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine, valued at $250, from an undercover officer. He also had a vial of cocaine at his apartment which police later confiscated. 

Radel is now in drug counseling, and apologized during his appearance Wednesday in court in the District of Columbia. 

“I’ve hit a bottom where I realize I need help,” he said. 

Radel, 37, said in a statement Tuesday that he struggles with alcoholism and the disease led him to make “an extremely irresponsible choice.” 

“In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel,” Radel said. 

The congressman said he needs to “get help,” and that a positive aspect to his situation is it gives him the opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. 

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement Tuesday the incident was between Radel, his family and his constituents, but that “members of Congress should be held to the highest standards.” 

The maximum penalty for the charge Radel faces was 180 days of imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000. The probe that led to the charge against Radel involved multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. 

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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