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India police charge Amazon execs in alleged marijuana smuggling case

LUCKNOW, India Nov 20 (Reuters) – Indian police mentioned on Saturday that they had charged senior executives of Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) native unit beneath narcotics legal guidelines in a case of alleged marijuana smuggling through the web retailer.

Police in the central Madhya Pradesh state arrested two males with 20 kg of marijuana on Nov. 14 and located they had been utilizing the Amazon India web site to order and additional smuggle the substance in the guise of stevia leaves, a pure sweetener, to different Indian states.

State police mentioned in an announcement that government administrators of Amazon India had been being named as accused beneath the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act resulting from variations in solutions in paperwork offered by the corporate in response to police questions and details unearthed by dialogue.

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Police didn’t disclose what number of executives had been charged.

The police, who had beforehand summoned and spoken to Amazon executives in the case, estimate that about 1,000 kg of marijuana, price roughly $148,000, was bought through Amazon.

Amazon didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. However the corporate has beforehand mentioned it was investigating whether or not there was any non-compliance by a vendor.

Indian authorities have in current years intensified their efforts to crack down on illicit medication. Many high-profile Indian actors and TV personalities have been beneath scrutiny from narcotics officers since final 12 months.

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Reporting by Saurabh Sharma
Writing by Sankalp Phartiyal, Editing by William Maclean

The logo of Amazon is pictured inside the company's office in Bengaluru, India, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa//File Photo

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