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This is from the Herald News.
(A Middle Sackville man and his daughter have been charged for selling ephedrine internationally through their Internet-based nutritional supplements business.
Barry James MacKinnon, 63, and Kelly MacKinnon, 36, of Charlottetown, have been charged with four offences under the Customs Act and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Canada Border Services Agency announced Friday.
“We received a tip about ephedrine being sold outside of Canada,” said the agency’s criminal investigator Jason Cannon in a telephone interview Friday.
Charges were sworn against the pair Thursday in Halifax provincial court, he said.
The father-daughter team ran Nutrition First Distributors, Cannon said.
Investigators allege that between January and November 2013, the two sold more than three million tablets of ephedrine to international customers through more than 5,000 separate transactions.
Sales were made to customers in many countries, but most recipients were in the United States, Cannon said.
It was a tip from the New Zealand National Drug Intelligence Bureau in May 2013 that launched the Canadian investigation.
New Zealand customs officials had seized three packages containing a total of 2,100 ephedrine tablets, court documents show.
The same documents also reveal that Canada Border Services also seized a shipment in late January 2013 which was returned from the U.S. and contained 500 ephedrine tablets. Caffeine pills were also in the parcel.
In Canada, ephedrine can only be sold as a nasal decongestant, but many people want to get their hands on the stuff for other purposes.
“It’s commonly used in weight loss and used in bodybuilding,” Cannon said.
It’s also used in the production of crystal meth and falls under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
In the case of the MacKinnons, Canada Border Services alleges their shipments were marked as gifts and dietary supplements.
Cannon refused to say whether the MacKinnons were selling to underground crystal meth labs, or to overweight Americans and bodybuilders.
According to Health Canada, ephedrine is often used by itself or in combination with other stimulants, like caffeine, for weight loss, bodybuilding or increased energy. Such uses have been linked to serious adverse effects, including dizziness, headache, decreased appetite, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, stroke, seizures, psychosis and death.
Ephedrine should only be used as a nasal decongestant. It is not recommended for people with heart problems, hypertension, thyroid disease, diabetes, enlarged prostate, anxiety, and glaucoma, Health Canada warns.
The investigator also would not say whether Canada Border Services has been in contact with other authorities in connection with the bust.
Part of the agency’s surveillance of Barry MacKinnon also included invoices for shipments of ephedrine to customers in the U.S. and other parts of the world,” the documents state. These customers may face charges in the US.
Officers also tailed the online retailer to a postal outlet in the Lower Sackville Super Store in October, where documents allege MacKinnon mailed several boxes.
A Canada Post inspector later found the boxes contained ephedrine bound for customers in Oregon, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas and Florida, the documents allege.
The MacKinnons are scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court on Feb. 10.)
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