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'Arrogant' Vic skid meet organiser jailed

An "arrogant" young Melbourne man who previously spoke to a group of school students about the importance of road safety has been jailed for nearly three years for organising an illegal skid meet.

Casper de Waij, 23, was sentenced on Tuesday as the "architect" behind a dangerous drifting night in Melbourne's southeast in August 2016, as well as for drugs and firearms offences.

Victorian County Court Judge Lisa Hannan jailed de Waij for two years and eight months, saying he deliberately broke the law and put the community at risk.

De Waij sent out a crude text message invitation ahead of the "South East Skids" meeting, held on public roads in Dandenong South, Berwick and Braeside.

"Buckle up and hold on to your mum's tits, the South is coming back with a bang," he wrote in the text, which Judge Hannan read out.

"Get your 16-year-old sluts in the car and let's bring back the old days.

"Block the roads and go f*** yourself.

That night drivers gathered at several meeting points, arranged by de Waij, to take part in drifting in front of gathered crowds.

"The community cannot and will not tolerate such wanton disregard for the law and public safety," Judge Hannan said.

De Waij was also charged with possessing a .44 lever-action rifle and trafficking drugs after police searched a home in Carnegie, finding the gun and 85 ecstasy tablets.

Police also searched a BMW, which de Waij claimed he received in exchange for a drug debt, and uncovered nearly $5000 worth of stolen jewellery.

De Waij has been in trouble with the law before, and was once clocked driving 240km/h on a freeway, but the judge said he did not learn his lesson.

He spoke to a group of school students at a Drive 4 Life road safety session in 2013 to share his story and warn against dangerous driving.

"You purported to be reformed," Judge Hannan said.

"That was either insincere or short-lived.

"You are in my view an arrogant young man who has not learned from prior experience."

The court heard de Waij had a traumatic upbringing and had abused drugs for years.

He pleaded guilty to reckless conduct endangering serious injury, drug trafficking, handling stolen goods and firearms offences, and received a non-parole period of 20 months.

© AAP 2017

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