Mr. Olympia contender Nathan De Asha and Barnstaple gym owners are facing serious steroid charges.
Nathan “The Prophecy” De Asha, an IFBB professional bodybuilder and owner of the Prophecy Performance Centre fitness studio in Liverpool, was one of three individuals accused of trafficking anabolic steroids.
Richard and Georgina Green, the owners of the “Pain and Gain” gym in Barnstaple, are the other two defendants in the case. The fitness industry professional were formally charged on January 4, 2019.
De Asha was only charged with possessing Class C anabolic steroids with intent to supply. But Richard and Georgina Green were allegedly selling Class A drugs cocaine and ecstasy (MDMA) in addition to Class C anabolic steroids.
Pain and Gain gym raids led to drug arrests in August 2017.
The trio of fitness industry professionals was busted after a serious of police raids at four different locations in August 2017. Large quantities of injectable and oral anabolic steroids were seized from the Pain and Gain gym.
De Asha was charged after a parcel containing steroids seized during the raid was traced back to him. His involvement in supplying steroids reportedly took place between March 1 and August 24, 2017. Prosecutors have made no suggestion that De Asha had anything to do with recreational drugs like cocaine or ecstasy.
The steroid-related charges represent a major set back for De Asha. He has previously run into trouble with the law. His criminal history could complicate matters with his current steroid trafficking legal problems.
De Asha spent 20 months in prison after he was convicted of playing a significant role in inciting disturbances during the 2011 Liverpool Riots. De Asha’s Facebook postings encouraged his friends to “terrorize police” and “hit town and get something out of it” between August 6, 2011 and August 11, 2011.
De Asha was committed to turning his life around following his release from prison. And he succeeded.
De Asha pursued a career in the bodybuilding and fitness industry after other career opportunities were closed to him. Within 5 years, De Asha was competing on stage with the top professional bodybuilders in the world.
De Asha placed 7th at the 2017 Mr. Olympia contest and 8th at the 2018 Mr. Olympia contest. The Mr. Olympia contest is the penultimate championship in the world of competitive bodybuilding.
De Asha can legitimately call himself one of the top 10 bodybuilders in the world.
De Asha, Richard Green and Georgina Green all pleaded not guilty during an appearance at Exeter Crown and County Court on February 1, 2019. A 5-day trial date has been scheduled by Judge David Evans for July 22, 2019.
De Asha will hopefully see his case dismissed or at least avoid being sentenced to prison if convicted.
Greaves, P. (February 1, 2019). Bodybuilder champion and gym owners in court charged with illegal steroid supply. Retrieved from northdevongazette.co.uk/news/drug-dealing-charges-in-barnstaple-1-5840445