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Drug dealer sentenced in federal court

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- A Florida man was sentenced to 105 months in prison on cocaine charges Monday, court officials say.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Adrian Leary, 33, was sentenced to 105 months after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Leary was sentenced in Valdosta by Hugh Lawson, U.S. district Judge, Middle District of Georgia, officials say.

In entering his plea of guilty on Feb. 22, Leary is said to have admitted that on Aug. 18 2012, in an attempt to evade law enforcement, he drove at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Officials say that Leary also admitted damaging two vehicles on West Hill Avenue in Valdosta, when he exited U.S. Interstate Highway 75 South at a high rate of speed. Leary was apprehended after the second crash when he attempted to flee the scene on foot. According to the release, a search of Leary’s vehicle found 525.7 grams of what was confirmed by testing to be cocaine.

“Mr. Leary’s actions, both as he distributed cocaine and as he recklessly fled the sheriff’s deputies, put the public in danger,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore. “He won’t be a threat to public safety while he is in federal prison.”

After completing his sentence, Leary will be required to serve five years of supervised release, court officials said.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lowndes Count Sheriff’s Office, the release stated, with the prosecution handled by Assistant United States Attorney Peter Leary, who is not related to the defendant.