Friend Says Congressman Bragged About Buying Cocaine In Colombia

A former colleague of Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), who announced he was taking a leave of absence Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to a cocain possession charge, said the future politician used to boast about the cocaine he purchased while traveling in Colombia when they worked together on a Florida talk radio show. In an interview with the Associated Press, Mike Adams, who was a producer on the show Radel hosted, “Daybreak,” said the two regularly discussed cocaine and Radel’s backpacking trips in Colombia.

“I would mention, ‘How was the stuff?'” Adams said of his conversations with Radel. “And he would say, ‘Oh my God, it was phenomenal. Nothing like you get here.'”

Photos obtained by TPM from Radel’s personal Facebook page showed the congressman drinking and partying in a variety of international locales including Cambodia, Mexico, and Hong Kong. 

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