Trey Radel Was Arrested by Undercover Agent Posing as Coke Dealer
As we reported last night, Rep. Trey Radel, who represents the 19th Congressional District in the Fort Myers-Naples area and calls himself the "Hip Hop Conservative," was arrested on October 29 for "unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally" possessing "a quantity of cocaine."
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Now, new information has surfaced that says the arrest was made by an undercover FBI agent posing as a seller.
Agents were led to Radel, 37, after a dealer they had arrested told investigators that one of his clients was none other than the Hip Hop Conservative himself.
DEA officials set up a "buy and bust" operation that eventually nabbed them Radel.
A drug task force set up a buy with Radel, who bought the cocaine October 29.
FBI agents moved in and arrested him that night at his Washington apartment.
This was the last thing he tweeted on that night:
Had some fun, indeed!
Radel was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday. The charge carries a maximum of 180 days in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.
Radel released a statement from his office following the arraignment, expressing disappointment in himself and apologizing to his wife. Radel also says it was the "disease of alcoholism" that led him to the yeyo.
"Believe me, I am disappointed in myself," said part of the statement. "I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions. However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease."
In between being elected in 2012 and, apparently, doing blow, Radel has spent the majority of his time wanting to possibly impeach Obama over gun-control laws and cosponsoring a bill with Marco Rubio that would keep people from getting punished by the government until the Obamacare website is fixed. He also voted against the deal that eventually ended the government shutdown.
Radel is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Wednesday before Judge Robert Tignor in District of Columbia Superior Court.
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