A sports science graduate was found in possession of anabolic steroids and cocaine when police raided his Leeds home. Police found more than £1,000 of drugs, including steroids contained in glass vials and bags of cocaine, after executing a search warrant at David Stache’s home in Churwell.
Stache, 30, has a masters degree in sports, health and nutrition, and was popular for giving people the benefit of his expertise.
Those who benefited from his help included an RAF pilot who was able to prepare for his training with his help.
But Leeds Crown Court heard how he “lost perspective” and strayed into illegal drugs, becoming a heavy user of steroids.
A judge, who spared Stache jail, said his offending was made worse
because of his qualifications, as he would know only too well the devastating impact the drugs could have.
His convictions also cost him the opportunity of his “dream job” working in marketing for a sports nutrition company in London.
Police found 17 glass vials of testosterone, 13 of trenbolone and five of nandrolone, along with a small amount of cocaine which was for his own use.
Officers also seized a whiskey jar from the property which contained £3,381.
Stache, of Granny Avenue, Churwell, pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of a class C drug with intent to supply and one of possessing a class A drug.
Jonathan Duffy, mitigating, said Stache was an occasional user of cocaine at parties.
He said he was mortified to be appearing in court and had transformed his life since his arrest.
The lawyer said he was hoping to obtain a grant from the Prince’s Trust to set up his own business.
Mr Duffy said Stache accepted responsibility for his actions and accepted they passed the custody threshold but urged Judge Penelope Belcher to impose a community punishment.
Stache was given a community order which included 250 hours unpaid.
The judge told Stache: “Of all the people who should know the utter stupidity of being involved in class C anabolic steroids it is you.
“It makes it more serious that you knew exactly what you were dealing with.”