Updated, 11:54 a.m., November 20
Republican Representative Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in D.C. Superior Court Wednesday and was sentenced to 12 months probation.
The incident likely made him "the first sitting member of Congress charged with a drug offense since then-Rep. Frederick Richmond, D-N.Y., was convicted in 1982 on charges of tax evasion and drug possession," the AP reported.
The story of how Radel ended up in a D.C. courthouse involves undercover federal agents, and a drug sting, according to the U.S attorney. Around 10 p.m. on Oct. 29, Radel met with an acquaintance with whom he had used cocaine and an undercover federal agent at a Dupont Circle restaurant. He invited the pair back to his D.C. apartment, but they declined. Radel went into a car with the undercover federal agent when he said he had cocaine to sell. Radel tried to buy 3.5 grams of cocaine for $250 — he handed the undercover officer $260, according to court documents. When he left the car, Radel was approached by uniformed federal officers and the Republican dropped the cocaine. They then went back to Radel’s apartment, where there was more cocaine, according to the prosecutor and court documents.
Radel has drawn attention since joining Congress this year for his unusually informal public persona.