Heavyweights gym owner committed to stand trial

Rob King to be arraigned in NL Supreme Court

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on March 12, 2014
Rob King, who is charged with exporting highly restricted pills across the border, will be arraigned in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in the next few months.  — File photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A St. John’s judge has concluded there is enough evidence against Rob King to send his case to trial.

The decision was made Tuesday morning by provincial court Judge Jim Walsh at the conclusion of King’s preliminary inquiry.

King — who is suspected of exporting highly restricted pills to the United States — wasn’t there to hear the decision, but was represented by his lawyer Averill Baker.

Baker was evidently disappointed with the judge’s decision and walked out of the courtroom at the end of proceedings muttering about something being unconstitutional.

King — owner of Heavyweights Training and Fitness Products Ltd. in St. John’s — will be arraigned in Newfoundland Supreme Court in the next few months.

Crown prosecutor Brenda Boyd told the judge she will prepare the indictment for King’s arraignment.

The 39-year-old will face three charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for reportedly illegally exporting ephedrine to the United States.

Ephedrine is often used for weight loss and is a key ingredient in crystal meth.

Between April 2012 and November 2012, the RCMP seized 44 packages of ephedrine from Canada Post, which were considered key evidence in the investigation.

In July 2013, before charges were laid, Baker, tried to argue in court that King should have the pills back. She insisted the pills are King’s property and that investigators overstepped their bounds by keeping them longer than they were permitted.

However, Walsh disagreed and ruled the police could keep the pills since they are key evidence.


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