Canadian Police Charge Man Accused Of Selling Deadly Substance With 14 New Murder Charges

(AP) — Canadian police said Tuesday they are charging a man with 14 counts of second-degree murder along with the previously announced 14 charges of aiding suicide for allegedly selling lethal substances on the Internet to people at risk of self-harm.

An international investigation is underway following the arrest in Canada earlier this year of Kenneth Law, who was initially charged with two counts of counselling and aiding suicide.

Canadian police say Law, from the Toronto area, used a series of websites to market and sell sodium nitrite, a substance commonly used to cure meats that can be deadly if ingested.

He is accused of shipping them to people in more than 40 countries.

British police said they are investigating the deaths of 88 people in the United Kingdom linked to the websites.

Authorities in the United States, Italy, Australia and New Zealand also have launched investigations.

York Regional Police Inspector Simon James announced the new charges against Law, and said all charges that he faces relate to the same 14 victims in the Canadian province of Ontario, who were between the ages of 16 and 36.

More than one victim is below the age of 18. Police declined to name the victims.

“We are aware of other of police investigations in other jurisdictions outside of the province of Ontario and we are aware of other police investigations in other countries outside Canada,” James said.