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MP Police Charge Senior Executives of Amazon in Alleged Marijuana Smuggling Case

The police estimate that around 1,000 kg of marijuana, worth roughly Rs 1.09 crore, was sold via Amazon.

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Madhya Pradesh police arrested two men with 20 kilograms of marijuana on 14 November and found out that they were allegedly using Amazon to order and further smuggle the substance in the guise of stevia leaves, a natural sweetener, to other Indian states.

The police estimate that around 1,000 kg of marijuana, worth roughly Rs 1.09 crore, was sold via Amazon.

The MP police said in a statement that executives of Amazon India were being named as accused under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act due to differences in answers in documents provided by the company in response to police questions and facts unearthed by discussion, reported Reuters.

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The Case So Far

On 14 November, Suraj and Bijendra Singh Tomar, who run a roadside dhaba, were arrested with 20 kilograms of marijuana, said the police. The marijuana had allegedly been sourced from Visakhapatnam using Amazon.

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

"The issue was notified to us and we are currently investigating it," Amazon said in response to the allegations of marijuana smuggling on the online retailer's site.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra has asked the online retailer to cooperate, warning that action may be taken otherwise, reports NDTV.

"Amazon was called but they're not cooperating. We will bring them. I appeal to Amazon's MD-CEO to cooperate or else we'll initiate action."
Narottam Mishra, MP Home Minister

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