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Cocaine Congressman Receives Probation After D.C. Arrest

A Republican congressman caught with cocaine by authorities in D.C. was sentenced to a year of probation.

Florida representative Trey Radel had little to say to reporters as he left D.C. Superior Court following his guilty plea on Wednesday morning.

The freshman congressman was busted three weeks ago in Dupont Circle after buying cocaine from an undercover agent. Police were tipped off to the congressman's drug use by a confidential informant as part of a federal investigation into a large drug ring in the nation's capital.

The authorities set up a sting. They met Radel at a restaurant and later completed the drug deal in the undercover agent's car. Soon after, federal agents swooped in.

Radel, who this year voted in favor of a bill mandating drug tests for food stamp recipients, could now face his own drug tests as part of a plea agreement to stay out of jail.

In court, he apologized to the judge, saying he was sorry to be there and that he hit a bottom and needed help. The congressman has been in counseling since the incident and will seek treatment in Florida.

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