What is the question, really, about Congressman Trey Radel? What was it that made Congressman Trey Radel buy cocaine off the streets of Washington, District of Columbia? Why does he use cocaine? Does he know that cocaine hurts him? Does Congressman Trey Radel know that purchasing cocaine is a criminal act? Does Congressman Trey Radel know that U.S. Congressmen and U.S. Congresswomen are held to the highest ethical standards? Does Congressman Trey Radel know how to do his job or how to serve his constituents or how to vote? The many questions evade grasping the real question.
The real question is Congressman Trey Radel, himself, the person. Let’s look at what we know – the real person in action.
On November 20, 2012 Congressman Trey Radel pled guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge of possession of a controlled substance, that is, cocaine. He admitted to purchasing drugs from an undercover officer. In this instance, the amount of cocaine was 3.5 grams, which is a misdemeanor drug charge in the District of Columbia. He appeared before the Honorable Senior Judge Robert S. Tignor in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Because he was a first time offender, he was able to ask the Court for a deferment on entering a judgment of guilty with one year probation. The Court gave him the deferment provided that, if his probation was successfully completed, the Court would dismiss the case without an adjudication of guilt.
According to the statement of offense by the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia, on October 29, 2013 Radel met with an undercover police officer at a restaurant in the DuPont Circle northwest area of Washington. After agreeing to purchase 3.5 grams of cocaine, Radel and the undercover officer went outside, and Radel handed him $260. The undercover officer handed him a package of cocaine. Not long afterwards federal officers approached Radel and recovered the cocaine. Thereupon Radel agreed to speak with the agents and invited them to his apartment. “He also retrieved and provided to the agents a vial of cocaine that he had in his apartment.”
“Today’s guilty plea emerges from a broader narcotics investigation that brought to light information that a sitting Member of Congress was routinely using and buying cocaine. Once this information was confirmed, law enforcement could not ignore this illegal conduct,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. “Mr. Radel’s guilty plea is similar to those entered every year by hundreds of other drug offenders in the District of Columbia who possess illegal narcotics. We appreciate his willingness to promptly accept responsibility for his conduct.”
Well, there he is. A person, who happens to be a U.S. Congressman representing the 19th District of Florida, which includes Naples and Fort Myers, is contributing to the threat imposed to safety and security of the communities, neighborhoods, and the young there in the D.C. metro area. And this threat is the drug traffickers and abusers of illegal drugs.
U.S. Attorney Nihar R. Mohanty is prosecuting the case.
Read the United States Department of Justice press release: http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/news/2013/nov/13-400.html