Police to provide update in case of Mississauga man accused of selling deadly substance


Published August 29, 2023 at 7:06 am

Police are set to provide an update today in the case of a Mississauga man accused of selling a lethal substance to individuals at risk of self-harm.

The update from Peel Regional Police comes after British police revealed last week they are investigating the deaths of 88 people in the U.K. who bought products from Canadian-based websites allegedly offering lethal substances to those at risk of harming themselves.

That British probe is part of inquiries triggered by the arrest earlier this year of Kenneth Law, who has been charged by Peel police with two counts of counselling and aiding suicide.

Law is accused of using several websites to market and sell sodium nitrite – a substance commonly used to cure meats that can be deadly if ingested – and Peel police have said their investigation has revealed at least 1,200 packages were allegedly sent to 40 countries.

Several police forces in Canada have said they are reviewing sudden deaths in their regions in light of the allegations against Law.

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

Peel police say they are set to provide an update on the investigation this morning at their headquarters in Mississauga, Ont.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 29, 2023.

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