Gold Coast bodybuilder admits drug charges as descent into addiction heard in court

A bodybuilder who turned her wonderful life “into a mangled wreck of an existence” has walked free after pleading guilty to drug charges.

Samantha Jane Heron was a high achiever who excelled in athletics before going on to compete overseas in world champion body-sculpting events.

She had amassed a following of more than 7000 people on Instagram.

At least until the age of 25 Heron was – as described by her mother – “always on top of everything”.

But while living on the Gold Coast the now 32-year-old started using drugs recreationally, not knowing what was in the pills, and got hooked on meth, defence barrister Martin Longhurst told the Queensland Supreme Court on Wednesday.

He said a letter from Heron’s mother provided to the court…

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