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 described her daughter’s “shocking decline”.

Gold Coast woman Samantha Jane Heron outside the Queensland Supreme Court.
Gold Coast woman Samantha Jane Heron outside the Queensland Supreme Court. Credit: AAP

Longhurst said Heron had continued functioning in society from 2014 until about 2017 when the addiction got the better of her.

“She found herself heavily involved with the drug, using up to 0.5g a day,” he added.

Desperate for money, Heron sold her car to associates who asked her to hold drugs while waiting for them to come up with the cash.

She was arrested in June 2019 when she attended “an associate’s house” to return the drugs shortly before police arrived to search the property.

Samantha Heron was a successful bodybuilder before her descent into drug crime.
Samantha Heron was a successful bodybuilder before her descent into drug crime. Credit: Instagram
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