The emblem of Amazon is pictured inside the corporate’s workplace in Bengaluru, India, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa//File Photograph

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

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

State police stated in a press release that government administrators of Amazon India have been being named as accused below the Narcotic Medicine and Psychotropic Substances Act because of variations in solutions in paperwork supplied by the corporate in response to police questions and information unearthed by dialogue.

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

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

Amazon stated in a press release that it doesn’t enable the itemizing and sale of legally prohibited merchandise, including that it takes strict motion towards sellers in case of any contravention.

“The difficulty was notified to us and we’re presently investigating it,” Amazon stated of the alleged marijuana smuggling.

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

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

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