Rep. Trey Radel Pleads Guilty In Drug Case, Gets Probation

Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) on Wednesday pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C. Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine. 

Radel was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and ordered to pay a $250 fine to a victims’ compensation fund. If Radel breaks probation, he faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

After the hearing, Radel rushed out of the courtroom without saying a word to a horde of assembled reporters. He got into a minivan waiting outside the courthouse, and it drove away.

Radel reportedly was caught buying the cocaine on Oct. 29, in an undercover sting operation set up by the Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI.

Additional reporting by Sahil Kapur.

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