Keith L. Alexander, Dana Hedgpeth and Aaron Blake
November 20, 2013
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 buying the illegal drug at a restaurant in Dupont Circle late last month.
According to court documents, the first-term congressman “unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally possessed” a quantity of cocaine Oct. 29. Radel was charged Tuesday following an indictment by a Superior Court grand jury.
According to the account provided by authorities, Radel and a friend of his met an undercover agent at a restaurant in Dupont Circle at 10 p.m. Radel invited the friend and the agent back to his home. The agent declined, and Radel purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine, estimated to be worth $250, in the officer’s car.