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Police Charge Amazon India Execs in Drug Smuggling Case

After two individuals reportedly utilized the website as part of a marijuana smuggling operation, senior officials at Amazon’s India subsidiary have been accused.

Two men were detained last week in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly trafficking 20kg of the narcotic to other Indian states.

The males allegedly exchanged cannabis on the site under the premise of selling stevia leaves, a natural sweetener, according to police.

Amazon stated that it was cooperating with law authorities.

“Amazon has a zero-tolerance policy for misbehavior and will take stern action against people or third parties who violate our rules or laws,” the business stated.

It stated that it does not allow the listing or sale of unlawful products, and that it punishes sellers who violate its illicit goods policies.

The executive directors of Amazon India have been prosecuted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, according to state police.

Police claimed in a statement that this was due to “differences in replies in papers submitted by the corporation in response to police questioning and facts revealed by conversation.”

The number of executives charged has not been disclosed by the authorities.

A total of 1,000kg of marijuana worth around $148,000 (£110,000) was reportedly sold over the website.

The case is Amazon’s latest legal snafu, since the company’s Indian operations are also under investigation for antitrust violations.

Regulators are investigating Amazon India, along with Flipkart, a subsidiary of Walmart in the United States, for allegedly giving preferential treatment to select vendors.

Amazon allegedly initiated an internal investigation in September following allegations that one or more of its Indian workers had bribed officials.

Indian authorities have greatly boosted their efforts in recent years to combat both drug trafficking and illegal drug consumption.

In the recent year, narcotics investigators have investigated a number of high-profile celebrities and television personalities around the country.

Aryan Khan, the 23-year-old son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, was detained last month at a party for reportedly consuming recreational narcotics.

In India, the matter has received a lot of attention from the media.

He has refuted the accusations leveled against him.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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