A gym owner and his wife who used their business as a base for cocaine and steroid dealing have been stripped of almost £60,000 cash which they hid away in a boiler room.

Green used his Pain and Gain gym in Barnstaple as a cover for the sale of steroids and cocaine and hid £56,000 cash in a locked boiler room.Green used his Pain and Gain gym in Barnstaple as a cover for the sale of steroids and cocaine and hid £56,000 cash in a locked boiler room.

Richard Green used the Pain and Gain gym in Barnstaple as a cover for his criminal lifestyle while his wife Georgina ordered large amounts of steroids from a world-famous body building star.

They claimed the cash which they hid in plastic shopping bags came from their legitimate business but they have now been ordered to hand over the loot under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Judge David Evans rubber stamped an agreed order which calculated the benefit which Richard Green received from crime at £87,481 and his wife’s at £102,799.29.

A year-long financial investigation found their only assets were the cash which was seized when the gym was raided by police in 2017.

Police pictures of bundles of hidden cash after Richard Green was jailed for drug dealing. Green used his Pain and Gain gym in Barnstaple as a cover for the sale of steroids and cocaine and hid £56,000 cash in a locked boiler room.Police pictures of bundles of hidden cash after Richard Green was jailed for drug dealing. Green used his Pain and Gain gym in Barnstaple as a cover for the sale of steroids and cocaine and hid £56,000 cash in a locked boiler room.

Richard Green was ordered to hand over £30,680 and his wife £28,380. The judge did not have to set a term of imprisonment in default because the money is already in the hands of the police.

Judge Evans said the seizure was justified because the couple had lived a criminal lifestyle.

Richard Crabb, defending, said the settlement had been agreed between the parties and so there was no need for a hearing to determine the amounts.

Police released pictures of a huge stash of illegal steroids and cash after Richard Green was jailed in September last year.

Police pictures of bundles of hidden cash after Richard Green was jailed for drug dealing. Green used his Pain and Gain gym in Barnstaple as a cover for the sale of steroids and cocaine and hid £56,000 cash in a locked boiler room.Police pictures of bundles of hidden cash after Richard Green was jailed for drug dealing. Green used his Pain and Gain gym in Barnstaple as a cover for the sale of steroids and cocaine and hid £56,000 cash in a locked boiler room.

He ran a cocaine dealing business while both he and his wife were supplied with large amounts of illegal steroids by Liverpool-based body builder Nathan DeAsha.

The police investigation started when Richard Green was stopped by police in August 2017 with 306 ecstasy tablets and £2,300 cash in his car.

Searches uncovered 30 grams of cocaine worth £1,500 in a lockup, the steroids and cash at the gym, and lists of customers who owed them money at their home.

Green is also a former body builder and self confessed steroid user who called himself Mr Iron Man on social media. His wife called herself Mrs Iron Man.

At the trial last year, Green, aged 49, of King Edward Street, Barnstaple, was convicted of possession of MDMA (ecstasy) and cocaine with intent to supply and possession of the £56,000 as criminal property.

He admitted possession of Class C steroids with intent to supply and possession of £2,300 cash which was seized from his car. He was jailed for four years, six months by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court and appeared at the POCA hearing by video link from Channings Wood Prison near Newton Abbot.

Georgina Green, aged 42, was found guilty of possession of steroids with intent to supply and possession of criminal property. She was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years and ordered to do 240 hours unpaid community work.

DeAsha, aged 34, of Grange Lane, Gateacre, Liverpool admitted being concerned in the supply of steroids and was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 15 months and ordered to do 300 hours unpaid community work. He was not part of these POCA proceedings.

During a week-long trial, the jury heard how a trail of messages showed Georgina Green ordering large amounts of steroids from DeAsha. His address was found on the packaging and his fingerprint on one of the boxes.

Police stopped Richard Green as he was returning to Barnstaple from Ilfracombe in August 2017. They found him in a layby typing messages on a Dutch mobile phone with an unregistered and uncrackable SIM card.

He had two other phones in the car and a piece of paper with a list of initials and numbers. His wife had an almost identical document at her home and both added up to around £53,000, a very similar total to the amount of cash found in the boiler room.

One message trail between Richard and Georgina showed her asking him to bring cocaine to an all night party she was attending so he could sell it.

Green claimed the ecstasy and cocaine were all for his own use and said the money in the boiler room came from the sale of a sound system and from his wife’s sideline business making ready meals for gym customers.

He said the cash was being set aside for building work at the gym and the initials on the dealer’s list related to suppliers or contractors. He said a J stood for Jewsons and T stood for treadmills, which he intended to buy.

Georgina denied having any dealings with DeAsha other than relaying phone messages which her husband dictated to her.