Amazon India executives charged after using site to sell marijuana • The Register


Police in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have indicted Amazon India executives under narcotics laws after uncovering a marijuana smuggling operation centered around the e-commerce website.

On November 14, police said, two men caught in possession of 20 kg of cannabis were using Amazon India to sell their product across state lines. The sellers, who had registered as sellers on Amazon, advertised the product as a substitute ingredient for Stevia sugar, but upon inspection, the product turned out to be a completely different herb and much less legal. Police believe the dealers had already moved around 1,000 kilograms of drugs – worth $ 148,000 – to Jeff Bezos’ digital bazaar.

The next day, police summoned local Amazon executives to explain their role in the smuggling operation. A senior police official justified the action by pointing out that Amazon has vast artificial intelligence capabilities and therefore should have been able to nip crimes in the bud.

“There is Amazon’s involvement at many levels in this delivery of marijuana, from providing logistical support to delivery,” said senior police official Manoj Singh.

On Saturday, November 20, Madhya Pradesh police indicted senior Amazon executives for breaches of Indian narcotics laws. There is no indication that Amazon India staff were personally involved in the sale.

An article posted on the Bhind Police Facebook page says an undisclosed number of executives have been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act over differences between Amazon documentation and disclosed information in the police investigation. ®

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