Local businessman charged with illegally exporting ephedrine

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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.

Organizations: RCMP, Nutritional Products, Heavyweights Fitness Centre

Geographic location: Canada, Mount Pearl

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  • Fred from Brigus
    July 26, 2013 - 05:53

    Should feed some Ephedrine to the politicians to suppress them from raising our taxes.

  • Bob
    July 25, 2013 - 16:26

    This is ridiculous..I highly doubt the man is if at all intentionally committing a crime. Sounds like police are just trying to prove a point and make it look like they are working after this investigation. I can't believe they just caught on to it now like what was the problem with it before? Honest to god some people. Rob King if you are reading this now,trust me I know what it's like completely unfair and obscure. I hope justice is seen after all of this.

  • Bob
    July 25, 2013 - 16:25

    This is ridiculous..I highly doubt the man is if at all intentionally committing a crime. Sounds like police are just trying to prove a point and make it look like they are working after this investigation. I can't believe they just caught on to it now like what was the problem with it before? Honest to god some people. Rob King if you are reading this now,trust me I know what it's like completely unfair and obscure. I hope justice is seen after all of this.

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  • Jack
    July 25, 2013 - 13:57

    I guess the RCMP are being too heavy handed in charging Rob King for selling a commonly used substance such as ephedrine. As a result of being too heavy handed, Rob King could spend a considerable amount of time in jail if he's found guilty as ephedrine is a Schedule VI substance under Canada's "Controlled Drugs and Substances Act". Since Rob sold a Schedule VI substance, he could face over 10 years in jail and loss of business, meaning strength athletes will suffer as a result of Mounties being too heavy handed. At the end of the day, while I don't condone drug use, the RCMP should go after traffickers of performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, and not those selling a commonly available substance such as ephedrine. Besides, since ephedrine and pseudo-ephedrine are found appetite suppressants, allergy medications (especially Benedryl), certain teas, and even cough medicine, are the RCMP going to target those whom use or sell these remedies? Give me a break and stop targeting those selling a legal product. In the meantime, RCMP, leave Heavyweights Fitness alone.