Florida Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year's probation.
"I've hit a bottom where I realize I need help," Radel told District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Tignor in acknowledging that he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover agent.
The 37-year-old lawmaker said he struggles with alcoholism and will seek treatment and counseling. Radel made no mention of his political future but says he had made an "extremely irresponsible choice" and let down his family and his constituents.
"I want to come out of this stronger," Radel said in court, later adding that he wants to "continue serving this country."