A former World’s Strongest Man competitor on TV “let himself, his family and his sport down” by selling illegal anabolic steroids.
Bodybuilder Jack McIntosh, of Coastal Road, Bolton-le-Sands, is starting a two-and-a-half year jail sentence after pleading guilty to conspiring to supply the class c controlled drugs.
The 24-year-old also admitted trying to pervert the course of justice by giving the police his girlfriend’s mobile phone for examination after his arrest and pretending it was his.
During the hearing at Carlisle Crown Court, McIntosh’s barrister Michelle Brown said the conviction would ruin his future as a bodybuilder because he would lose his sponsorship and would probably not be allowed to enter countries in which bodybuilding competitions are held.
She said: “He realises he has let himself, his family and his sport down.”
Another man – Andrew Quarry, 27, of Barn Holme, Kendal - was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid community work after he also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy.
Prosecuting counsel Tim Evans told the court that Quarry was arrested after police who questioned him in another drugs investigation took a closer look at his mobile phone.
There they found nearly 9,000 incriminating text messages, almost all to or from McIntosh and referring to the sale of illegal steroids.
The court heard that the men were able to supply 40 different types of steroids at anything from £25 to £40 a dose.
“Plainly this was a significant operation, involving significant quantities across a wide range,” Mr Evans said.