St. John's man to stand trial on charges of exporting ephedrine

Published on March 11, 2014
Rob King in an earlier court appearance for the start of his preliminary inquiry.
— Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Rob King, owner of Heavyweights Training and Fitness Products Ltd. in St. John's, has been committed to stand trial in connection with charges of exporting a controlled drug, ephedrine.

He will be arraigned in Newfoundland Supreme Court in the next few months.

Judge Jim Walsh rendered the decision this morning at provincial court in St. John's.

King wasn't there. He was represented by his lawyer Averill Baker. Brenda Boyd is the Crown prosecutor.

King, 39, will face charges of illegally exporting ephedrine to the United States. Ephedrine is often used for weight loss and is a key ingredient in crystal meth. It's also included in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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, King’s lawyer, Averill 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, Judge Jim Walsh disagreed and ruled the police could keep the pills since they are key evidence.