Amazon India Executives Charged by Police in Alleged Marijuana Smuggling Case


Indian police on Saturday said they had charged senior officials of Amazon’s local unit under narcotics laws in a case of alleged marijuana smuggling through an online retailer.

Police in Madhya Pradesh State Arrested On November 14, two men were found with 20 kg of marijuana and found that they were using it. heroine India website for ordering and smuggling the substance under the guise of stevia leaves, a natural sweetener, to other Indian states.

The state police said in a statement that the executive directors of Amazon India are being named as accused under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, as revealed in the documents provided by the company in response to police questions and discussions. Because of the difference in facts.

Police did not disclose how many officers were charged.

Police, who had earlier called and spoken to Amazon officials in the matter, estimated that around 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, valued at around $148,000 (about Rs 1.1 crore), was sold through Amazon.

Amazon said in a statement that it does not legally allow the listing and sale of banned products, adding that it takes strict action against sellers in case of any violations.

“This issue was reported to us and we are currently investigating it,” Amazon said of the alleged marijuana smuggling.

Indian authorities have intensified their efforts to crack down on illegal drugs in recent years. Several high-profile Indian actors and TV personalities have come under the scanner of drug peddlers since last year.

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