A big story in the news today was last night’s arrest of Republican Congressman from Florida Trey Radel for possession of cocaine in DC. Congressman Radel is a freshman tea party congressman who represents the 19th congressional district which covers Naples, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.
He was arrested after he purchased about 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer. In DC, possession of cocaine is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine. Unlike most people arrested in DC, Congressman Radel immediately plead guilty at his first court date. I did not realize what had happened until I walked into court this morning and saw the media frenzy outside the DC Superior Court.