Charges have been laid against the owner of two local health and fitness businesses after an investigation by the St. John’s Federal Operations Section of the RCMP.
According to a news release sent Thursday afternoon by the RCMP, Robert King, who owns Heavyweights Fitness and Nutritional Products in St. John’s and Heavyweights Fitness Centre in Mount Pearl, had been suspected of illegally exporting ephedrine.
Ephedrine is often used as an appetite suppressant and a stimulant, and is included in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Under that act, King has been charged with unlawful exportation from Canada of a substance, unlawful possession for the purpose of export from Canada, and unlawful attempt to export from Canada.
He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 2.