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Canadian police filed 12 new charges Tuesday against a man accused of selling a substance over the internet to assist people with suicides, potentially sending more than a thousand packages across dozens of countries.

Authorities suspect Kenneth Law, 57, of marketing the substance, often used as a food additive, to people at risk of self-harm online.

The announcement comes after police in Britain said Friday that they were investigating 88 deaths there linked to substances sold by Canadian websites.

The new charges filed Tuesday of "counselling or aiding suicide" bring the total against Law to 14, all of which stem from cases around the Canadian province of Ontario, inspector Simon James of the York Regional Police said.

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