Cheshire man jailed for selling toxic ‘diet pills’ on the black market


A 25-year-old man who sold highly toxic industrial chemicals disguised as “diet pills” has been sentenced to prison. Jack Finney, from Northwich, Cheshire, illegally sold 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) on the dark web to people in Europe and America between June 2017 and July 2020Often marketed as a slimming or weight loss aid, DNP is toxic to humans and has killed 33 people across the UK to date.

Mr Finney was arrested in an investigation by the Food Standards Agency National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) and supported by Cheshire Police, UK Border Force, West Midlands Cyber ​​Crime, Food and Drugs Administration of the United States and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The substances found on a property where Finney lived. Credit: FSA / Cheshire Police

He was sentenced to Chester Crown Court and was sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Catherine A Hermsen, US Food and Drug Administration Assistant Commissioner of Criminal Investigations, said: “The sale of unapproved dangerous drugs disguised as dietary supplements can seriously harm those who buy and use these drugs and we. will continue to work with our law enforcement partners. bring to justice those who endanger public health.

The Food Standards Agency asks anyone with information on those who sell DNP for human consumption to contact the National Food Crime Unit at [email protected] or call Food Crime Confidential on 0207 276 8787.