A former World’s Strongest Man competitor “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.
One of them read: “You took over Kendal, which I gave you. But no money” – which reflected McIntosh’s belief that Quarry had not been “sufficiently assiduous” in his drug dealing after being set up by him to supply steroids in the town, Mr Evans said.
The court heard on Thursday, July 11, 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.
Mr Evans likened Quarry’s role to “street dealing, or the equivalent thereof, in a gym.”
McIntosh was “higher up the chain”, organising things and clearly operating across a wider geographical area if he could afford to hand Kendal over to Quarry, he said.
McIntosh’s barrister Michelle Brown told the judge he had started using steroids to enhance his physique.
The strength athlete’s own website tells how, as a boy growing up in rural Cumbria, he spent a lot of time working on a farm and was a keen second row rugby player.
As he got older he became more concerned about his “image and size” and, at the age of 18, weighed 20 stone – so heavy that he was turned down when he tried to join the Army. He lost five stone in six months and then joined a local gym.
In 2011 – having come second in the Clash of the Giants contest held in July 2011 in Boroughbridge, Yorkshire – he was invited to take part in the World’s Strongest Man competition, in North Carolina, USA. He won two of the events in his heat but, hampered by a knee injury, he did not place in the top two of his group.