COCAINE BUST: Rookie Republican Congressman Trey Radel, Who Supported Drug Testing for Food Stamp Recipients

U.S. Rep. Trey Radel — a brash and digitally savvy darling of the political right — allegedly purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine from undercover officer in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood [...]

Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot outside Florida?
A: Cartagena, Colombia.

Told Washington newspaper Roll Call that his favorite vacation spot outside Florida was Cartagena, Colombia, an expensive coastal city in a country known for cocaine trafficking [...] Travel Information for Colombia
If you are arrested, the U.S. government cannot request your release. Colombia and the United States do not have a prisoner transfer agreement, and so any sentence for a crime committed in Colombia is ordinarily served in a Colombian prison.

Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs in Colombia are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long prison sentences under harsh conditions, with significant expense and great hardship for themselves and their families. Colombian police make multiple arrests daily for drug trafficking at major airports, and have sophisticated means for detecting illegal drugs in baggage or on your person. Travelers are sometimes requested to undergo an X-ray to ensure that they are not smuggling narcotics within their bodies. There are currently more than 40 U.S. citizens incarcerated in Colombia for attempting to smuggle drugs out of the country.

The hardships resulting from imprisonment do not end even after release from prison: Colombian law requires that serious offenders remain in the country to serve a lengthy period of parole, during which the offender is given no housing and may lack permission to work. As a result, family members must often support the offender, sometimes for more than a year, until the parole period expires.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Colombia employs strict screening procedures for detecting narcotics smuggling at its international airports. Travelers are occasionally questioned, searched, fingerprinted, and/or asked to submit to an abdominal X-ray upon arrival or departure. Most airport inspectors do not speak English, and travelers who do not speak Spanish may have difficulty understanding what is asked of them. Please refer to the section on Criminal Penalties for further information on the strict enforcement of Colombia’s drug laws [...]

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A freshman with no seniority, Congressman Trey Radel of Florida’s 19th Congressional District addressed the media Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at his office in Cape Coral when he said he is taking a leave of absence to seek treatment for his substance abuse problems [...] 8441 LIKES on SUN NOV 24 2013 0932 CST ...

"I am a father and a husband proudly representing Florida's 19th Congressional District including Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs and Marco Island."

-- Trey Radel

Florida Rep. Trey Radel Target of Undercover Drug Sting.