He purchased 2.5 grams and had another gram at his apartment, it was said by one of the informants that he had been a regular customer.<quoted text>
Radel, R-Fort Myers, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of cocaine after he allegedly bought the drug from an undercover officer. In D.C. that’s a misdemeanor with a maximum of 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
With a misdemeanor conviction he has a chance of holding onto his seat.
A D.C. judge sentenced Radel to one year of supervised probation, after which the court could dismiss the case without a conviction. D.C. defense attorney Bruce M. Cooper said all first-time drug offenders have that option.
It would be a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or $5,000.
While he might have been able to get a probationary sentence in Florida, he would have been confined to the state, probably with a leg bracelet, paid a big fine and had a felony record.
There would be no way that the Congressman who voted for drug tests for anyone getting Food Stamps could have held on to office.
Radel had entertainment/journalism background.
I'll be surprised if he survives the 2014 (R) primary, if he doesn't resign first.