LACKING self-confidence and reeling from childhood bullying, Jory Michael Humpreys found himself trafficking steroids on the Gold Coast party scene to gain popularity.
The 20-year-old became a case study on falling for "the glamour and seduction" of the infamous glitter strip lifestyle as he ended up dealing ecstasy too.
He started using steroids to buff up, then began supplying his new-found friends before dealing to other Gold Coast muscle men wanting to bulk up.
"Selling steroids, he became popular," defence barrister Angus Edwards told Brisbane Supreme Court
"He now understands this was an illusion of popularity ... rather than true friendship."
Humpreys pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trafficking six steroid-type drugs and dealing ecstasy.
Crown prosecutor Sandra Cuppina said police with drug dogs caught him throwing a bag of white powder on the ground to avoid detection while walking through the Broachbeach nightclub district in September, 2010.
Police discovered he had made 30 steroid sales to 26 clients in the 14 months prior, selling up to 100ml for about $5000, and had sold 14 ecstasy tablets.
Humpreys had previously been before the court for trying to import prohibited steroids into Australia but was caught at customs.
Mr Edwards said his client was motivated by popularity "rather than a desire to be part of a criminal underworld".
He said Humpreys was "unfashionable, nerdy and lacking in self-confidence" at school.
Humpreys had intended to become a police officer but ended up working for his father's packing business and going into personal training.
It was then Humpreys, who has lost 10kg since he stopped using steroids, began his downward spiral to selling the drugs.
He profited by getting the drugs free for himself and gaining friends but the court heard no gym would hire him now he had a conviction for trafficking steroids so his personal training career was over.
Justice Peter Applegarth sentenced him to three years jail but released him immediately on parole.
Humphreys, who was sniffling throughout the sentence, was crying with relief.
His family and friends in the back of the court where also visibly pleased with the outcome.
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