Former milk baron Ken Lacey has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for a series of drug offences but will be eligible for parole in three months.
Arrested in 2015 amid a cocaine trafficking investigation by Queensland's corruption watchdog, Lacey pleaded guilty to five counts including supplying 12 grams of the drug in pure form and possessing methamphetamine.
Found in a stolen Holden Commodore being used by Lacey, the drugs had an estimated street value of up to $18,000.
The Crime and Corruption Commission's investigations also snared past and present footballers including Karmichael Hunt, John Toomua, Jason Smith, Matt Seers and seven Gold Coast Titans.
Prosecutors argued for Lacey to be jailed for at least three years given he was "higher up" the chain of supply than co-accused Nathan Miller, who received a two-and-a-half year head sentence.
Disputing that claim and noting the 61-year-old's long list of health issues, Southport District Court Judge David Kent opted for a reduced sentence.
Lacey left school in Victoria after year 10 and worked at a dairy processing plant and as a paper delivery boy before becoming the country's biggest private distributor of milk.
A move to the Gold Coast in 1992 saw Lacey invest millions in high-end property and businesses that included a brothel.
But the court heard the death of his father, long-time imprisonment of his two sons and breakdown of his second marriage in the mid-2000s took its toll.
Lacey's barrister Sarah Thompson said he spent $6.1 million on legal fees incurred by his sons Jade and Dionne, who are serving time for manslaughter, torture and kidnapping.
Ms Thompson also revealed he was suffering from a host of mental health issues while requiring "intense" shoulder rehabilitation, which had twice previously delayed his sentencing.
"There was enormous damage inflicted by the terrible misbehaviour of his sons," Judge Kent said.
"Disaster has befallen him by circumstances outside his control ... it's quite an unusual case."
In a statement read in court, Lacey alleged he had stopped using drugs at the time of his arrest and had given them to Miller when he asked but that in hindsight he should've "thrown it out with the rubbish".