A LONE Wolf gang member who turned his back on the club has declared prison was the best thing for him.
A drug addict with a criminal history in Queensland and New South Wales, Stuart Leslie Wood said jail gave him the chance to break the habit.
Drug possession and stealing a Mercedes Benz and BMW landed him in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday.
Traffic police pulled him over while he was driving one of the stolen cars and found items used to produce drugs in the vehicle.
On the day of the offences he was affected by methylamphetamines and an anxiety drug.
The court heard Wood's drug dependency partly stemmed from a back injury he suffered at work.
The father-of-four was once a talented AFL player, representing Queensland and the Northern Territory.
A psychologist said it was clear Wood's offending in NSW occurred when he was part of the gang.
When Wood left prison in NSW he abandoned the gang and was found with firearms, which he said were to protect himself.
After returning to jail he applied for a diploma in counselling, aiming to counsel people suffering from drug addiction in particular.
The court heard Wood had found seeing skinny, drug addicted men imprisoned after him was like looking into a mirror.
Justice Peter Flanagan said Wood's desire to help others with drug problems was a sign that he acknowledged the seriousness of his criminal actions.
Wood's sentence was shortened because of time he had already spent in custody.
He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years'jail and will be eligible to apply for parole on September 6, 2015.
- APN NEWSDESK