Indian police are charging Amazon managers with suspected marijuana smuggling

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LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – Indian police said Saturday they had indicted executives of the (NASDAQ 🙂 local unit under narcotics laws in a case of alleged marijuana smuggling through the online retailer.

Police in the central state of Madhya Pradesh arrested two men with 20 kg of marijuana on November 14 and found that they were using the Amazon India website to order the substance in the form of stevia leaf, a natural sweetener, to other Indian states and to continue smuggling.

State Police said in a statement that Amazon India executives have been named as defendants under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act based on mixed responses in documents the company provided in response to police questions and facts uncovered through discussion.

The police did not disclose how many executives were charged.

Police, who previously summoned and spoke to Amazon executives in the case, estimate that about 1,000 kg of marijuana, valued at about $ 148,000, were sold on Amazon.

Amazon said in a statement that it does not allow the listing and sale of legally prohibited products, adding that it will take strict action against sellers if violated.

"The problem has been reported to us and we are currently investigating," said Amazon of the alleged marijuana smuggling.

The Indian authorities have intensified their efforts to combat illegal drugs in recent years. Many high profile Indian actors and television personalities have been scrutinized by narcotics officials since last year.

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