• Follow us on Linkedin
Maidstone and Malling's No.1 Newspaper
  • Advertising options to suit all business types

  • Get your DownsMail - Pick-up, read on-line, or subscribe

  • Significant journalistic awards

Drug dealer in custody

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A DRUG dealer who tried to sell ecstasy in a Maidstone bar was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders’ institution.

 Vijay Guidotti (19), formerly of the High Street, Maidstone, was found to have hidden ecstasy tablets in the waistband of his jeans, after a search by police at the Source Bar last year.

Guidotti was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court for possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply. He admitted the charge at an earlier hearing.

 The court was told that police were called to the Rose Yard club after staff saw Guidotti acting suspiciously and carrying a large amount of cash.

Officers searched the teenager and seized 16 green tablets in re-sealable bags, marked with a skull and crossbones motif.

A search of Guidotti’s home found cannabis, scales, and drug paraphernalia. Checks on mobile phones belonging to Guidotti also provided evidence of his involvement in supplying illegal substances.

In interview, Guidotti claimed he thought the tablets were so-called legal highs.

 DC Gemma Kent said: “It was obvious Guidotti intended to try and sell ecstasy tablets.

 “Hopefully, this sentence will serve as a strong warning to anyone thinking about selling drugs in Maidstone that they will be dealt with robustly and that it simply isn’t worth it.”

 Guidotti’s sentence comes a week after Valentino Aghssa (30), formerly of Paddock Wood, was jailed for three years and three months at Maidstone Crown Court for possessing ecstasy with intent to supply in the Source Bar in July last year.