Florida Congressman Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession
U.S. Rep. Trey Radel pleaded guilty today to one count of misdemeanor cocaine possession. The Florida Republican was sentenced to one year of probation.
According to court documents and law enforcement officials, Radel (R-Florida), was charged after allegedly buying a small amount of the drug in an October sting. The sting was part of a broader FBI/Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of a drug trafficking organization in the nation’s capital. The law enforcement official further reports that the targets of the investigation are dealers and high-level people in the organization, not buyers and users. But a dealer who was arrested last month told federal agents that one of his customers was a congressman.
“In the sting, Radel bought a small amount of cocaine at Washington’s Dupont Circle after meeting with someone who was, unbeknownst to Radel, an undercover agent, a law enforcement official said”.
Drug trafficking is a major source of crime worldwide. Drug trafficking is the term used to describe the production, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. The drugs include but not limited to cocaine, heroin, PCP, LSD, methamphetamines and marijuana. Penalties for drug trafficking may vary, but in most places penalties are intended to be severe enough to discourage individuals from engaging in selling drugs. In the United States, a special government agency exists for the sole purpose of monitoring and discouraging drug trafficking. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is a federal agency exists to enforce cooperation of private citizens American drug laws by thoroughly investigating people suspected of the production, distribution, smuggling and sale of illegal drugs. A few of the other American agencies that specifically work to reduce instances of drug trafficking include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as well as various immigration, customs and border patrol agencies, which work to stop illegal substances from crossing national borders.
One of the biggest challenges of being charged with a federal drug offense is having your rights respected so justice can be served. This is one type of situation where you can’t afford to play games or make light of the charges that you are facing. Once you have been charged with drug trafficking charge, the best thing you can do is hire a criminal defense attorney to be your voice and provide some much needed clarity to the situation you are facing.
Florida vigorously prosecutes individuals caught with trafficking amounts of drugs. And even though a person may not be a true “drug dealer” or is not high-up in a drug trafficking organization, the law requires the imposition of mandatory-minimum prison sentences.
The most commonly charged crimes involving the illegal trafficking in drugs are:
- Trafficking in Hydrocodone
- Trafficking in Cocaine
- Trafficking in Oxycodone
Trafficking Threshold Amounts
Listed below are minimum amounts needed to support a trafficking charge for Florida’s most commonly encountered illegal drugs.
- Cannabis: 25 pounds or 300 plants
- Cocaine: 28 grams
- GHB: 1 kilogram
- Hydrocodone: 4 grams
- LSD: 1 gram
- MDMA (Ecstasy): 10 grams
- Oxycodone: 4 grams
NOTE: As the amount increases, so does the potentially applicable minimum-mandatory sentence increase.
West Palm Beach Drug Defense Attorney
The penalties that come with drug crime conviction in Florida have the potential to affect you for the rest of your life. If you have been arrested on a drug charge in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and Wellington, immediately take the first important step in your defense and call Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. In Florida the laws do not provide for possession of Cocaine to be sentenced or punished as a misdemeanor. All cocaine crimes in Florida are felony offenses. There are many defenses to possession of cocaine that can argued by the defendant, if the accused hires an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the elements of knowledge, intent, voluntariness, actual versus constructive possession is the key for you to unlock your cell door. Attorney Andrew D. Stine has helped his client gain not guilty verdicts on Trafficking, Possession, Distribution and Sale of Cocaine, Hydrocodone, Marijuana, Heroin, MDMA and other illegal drugs through his proven trial strategies. Criminal defense attorney Stine has been victorious in his last four felony trials for Trafficking in drugs. Stine also has a proven track record in the federal courts handling cases throughout Florida and all the way up North into Boston proper. Federal criminal drug crimes are much different than state drug offenses. The key to a Federal Criminal drug crime is to hire and experience lawyer who is willing to investigate and gather evidence quickly that will help in defending the accused. If you or a love one have been arrested or are under drug indictment call on the experience of Stine or do the time!
With over 10 years of criminal defense experience, skilled and knowledgeable Palm Beach County drug charge defense lawyer Andrew Stine is a former public defender and army medic. These life experiences give him both an in-depth knowledge of the Florida criminal system and a militant, detailed approach to building strong, customized defenses for clients like you. For more information about what Andrew D. Stine, P.A. can do for your West Palm Beach or Boca Raton area drug crime case, call 561-832-1170 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.