The Miami Herald

Former state Sen. Mandy Dawson seeks less jail time, admits to cocaine abuse

When former South Florida lawmaker Mandy Dawson is sentenced Friday for tax crimes related to a pay-to-play political corruption case, she wants a federal judge to give her a lighter punishment because of her depression and ongoing illegal drug abuse problems.

Dawson admitted that she abused cocaine on one occasion while she was free on bond since being arrested a year ago on the federal charges, court records show.

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