Ex-City Official Gets 10 Days Fine on Drug Charge

PORTSMOUTH | A former environmental administrator in Hampton Roads was sentenced Monday to 10 days of active time on a drug charge and fined $2,000.

Portsmouth Circuit Court Judge Dean W. Sword Jr. sentenced Guy M. Aydlett to five years for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Sword then suspended all but 10 days if Aydlett, a former director of water quality for the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, successfully completes two years of supervised probation.

Sword said he took Aydlett’s health into consideration when determining the sentence.

Aydlett, 57, said he has an immune system disorder. He also testified during his trial in June that he bought cocaine after he became desensitized to pain medication.

Portsmouth police arrested Aydlett on June 25, 2006, after they found him with a crack pipe and about $2,100 worth of powder cocaine.

Aydlett, a chemist, testified during his trial that he turned powder cocaine into a solid into his bathroom sink.

His attorney, Warren Kozak, said he plans to appeal the conviction because there was no evidence Aydlett planned to distribute the cocaine.