Senior executives at Amazon’s local unit were indicted under narcotics laws for allegedly smuggling marijuana through the online retailer, police said today. The Madhya Pradesh police on November 14 arrested two people with 20 kg of hemp and found that they were using the website of Amazon India to smuggle the substance to other states under the guise of stevia leaves, a natural sweetener.
The executive directors of Amazon India are being named as accused under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, as per the documents provided by the company in response to police questions and facts revealed in the discussion, police said in a statement. There is a difference in the answer.
Police did not disclose how many officers were charged.
Police, who had previously called and spoken to Amazon officials in the matter, estimated that approximately 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, valued at about $148,000, were sold through Amazon.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the company had earlier said that it was investigating whether there was any non-compliance by any vendor.
Authorities have stepped up their efforts to crack down on illegal drugs in recent years. Several high-profile actors and TV personalities have been under the scanner of drug peddlers since last year.