Mon, 06 Dec 2021

HYDERABAD, India: Indian police have announced that senior executives from Amazon.com's Indian headquarters were charged with alleged marijuana smuggling using the Indian Amazon site.

Police in the central state of Madhya Pradesh arrested two men with 20 kilograms of marijuana on 14th November and found they were using the Amazon India website to smuggle the drug as stevia leaves, a natural sweetener, to other Indian states.

Some 1,000 kg of marijuana, worth some $148,000, was sold via Amazon, according to police.

In a statement, police said executive directors of Amazon India were accused under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, as there were discrepancies in their answers in documents provided by the company in response to police questions, as well as in evidence attained in interviews.

The police, who did not disclose how many executives were charged, previously interviewed Amazon executives regarding the smuggling of marijuana.

In a statement, Amazon said it does not allow the listing and sale of legally prohibited products, adding it takes strong action against such sellers.

Regarding the case, Amazon stated, "The issue was notified to us and we are currently investigating it."

In recent years, Indian authorities have cracked down on illicit drugs, implicating many high-profile Indian actors and TV personalities.

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