Indian police stated on Saturday they’d charged senior executives of Amazon’s native unit underneath narcotics legal guidelines in a case of alleged marijuana smuggling through the net retailer.
Police within the central Madhya Pradesh state arrested two males with 20kg of marijuana on November 14 and located they had been utilizing the Amazon India web site to order and additional smuggle the substance within the guise of stevia leaves, a pure sweetener, to different Indian states.
State police stated in a press release that government administrators of Amazon India had been being named as accused underneath the Narcotic Medicine and Psychotropic Substances Act because of variations in solutions in paperwork supplied by the corporate in response to police questions and details unearthed by dialogue.
Police didn’t disclose what number of executives had been charged.
The police, who had beforehand summoned and spoken to Amazon executives within the case, estimate that about 1,000kg of marijuana, value roughly $148,000 (roughly Rs. 1.1 crore), was bought through Amazon.
Amazon stated in a press release that it doesn’t permit the itemizing and sale of legally prohibited merchandise, including that it takes strict motion in opposition to sellers in case of any contravention.
“The difficulty was notified to us and we’re presently investigating it,” Amazon stated of the alleged marijuana smuggling.
Indian authorities have lately intensified their efforts to crack down on illicit medication. Many high-profile Indian actors and TV personalities have been underneath scrutiny from narcotics officers since final 12 months.
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