In a story that brings about comparisons to the Internet TV series “House
of Cards” a congressman from Florida is being charged with drug
possession in Washington, D.C. ABC News reports that Trey Radel, a first
year Republican congressman was the target of a federal investigation
regarding drug sales.
According to ABC News, Radel reportedly purchased cocaine from an undercover
federal agent two weeks ago but was not arrested at that time. The agents
involved in the operation maintained their cover after the transaction
and confronted Radel at his home later that evening. Radel was reportedly
not arrested, but discussions between federal prosecutors and his attorney
began soon afterwards.
He appeared in court yesterday to enter a plea and was released on his
The story also is an example of why people ensnared in federal investigations
need experienced legal counsel. A seasoned
criminal defense attorney can provide important information about the scope and severity of the
crime charged, as well as the likelihood of the prosecution being able
to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. With an experienced lawyer,
the accused can make informed decisions about the course of his or her
case (e.g. whether to testify on the stand, provide blood or urine samples
if requested, or what issues must be developed).
It remains to be seen what other negotiations will come out between prosecutors
and Radel’s defense team, but it is likely to involve his testimony
on other people in the drug circuit in exchange for leniency in charges
and/or sentencing recommendations.
Source: ABC News.com, “Florida Rep. Trey Radel expected to appear in court today on cocaine charges,” John Parkinson and Stven Portnoy, November 20, 2013