Florida Republican’s Criminal Record Cleared of Cocaine Charge

Florida Republican’s Criminal Record Cleared of Cocaine Charge
Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) speaks during a press conference, on Capitol Hill, July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Republican leadership discussed the immigration bill and the Obama administration's decision to delay a portion of the Affordable Care Act, which will extend the deadline for employer mandated health care to 2015. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Former congressman Trey Radel's criminal record has been wiped clean.

Gannett's Ledyard King reports the Florida Republican who resigned after pleading guilty to a cocaine charge has had his criminal record expunged.

"Mr. Radel successfully completed all conditions of his probation," said William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.

News that Radel's record has been expunged was first reported by WINK-TV in Fort Myers.

Radel's political career derailed when he pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor cocaine possession. He was busted in a sting operation in Washington, as he tried to buy 3.5 grams of cocaine for $250 from an undercover police officer.

Radel initially tried to stay in Congress, ignoring pleas from Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other prominent Republicans to step aside. He finally resigned in January. Republican Curt Clawson won a special election in June to replace Radel in Florida's 19th District.


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