Taking drugs to bulk up foolish, magistrate says

A DUMBBELL who accepted steroids to "bulk up" was foolish, and based his decision on narcissism, Magistrate Penelope Hay said.

Nicholas John Collins fronted the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday for drugs possession.

The court heard he was stopped by police on the Bruce Hwy on July 21 for a random breath test.

He admitted to police he had taken an ecstasy tablet at the weekend, but said there were no drugs in his car and he was happy for police to search it.

Police found three vials of steroids. They also found two syringes stored in a yellow sharps container with no lid.

Collins told police he had forgotten the drugs were in his car.

Defence lawyer Megan Creaser said her client had been given the steroids from someone at the gym to bulk up.

Ms Creaser said the 19-year-old, who works on Curtis Island, had never actually taken the steroids and was remorseful of his actions.

"He will never do anything like that again," Ms Creaser said. "It was completely out of character."

Magistrate Hay said accepting the drugs was foolish and solely based on narcissism, and ordered the drugs and syringes be forfeited to the state for destruction.

Collins pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and fail to take reasonable care in respect of syringe or needle, and was fined $800 with no conviction recorded.



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