Police in Madhya Pradesh have summoned Amazon.com Inc’s native executives because it investigates a case the place the e-commerce platform was allegedly used for smuggling marijuana, a police official mentioned on Monday.
The police on Sunday arrested two males in Madhya Pradesh with 20 kg of marijuana and located they had been utilizing Amazon’s India procuring web site to order and smuggle the substance additional to varied states.
Smugglers used the Amazon India platform to order and ship the drug, which was listed underneath the guise of dry stevia leaves, a pure meals sweetener. The Amazon platform was allegedly used for 1,000 kilograms of such marijuana gross sales thus far, price $148,000, police alleged in its assertion.
On Monday, Manoj Singh, a senior police official within the district, mentioned Amazon executives have been requested to clarify how their platform could possibly be used for the sale of banned substances.
“The worldwide firm has the facility of synthetic intelligence, so it is a massive factor taking place on their platform,” Mr Singh mentioned. “There may be involvement of Amazon at many ranges on this marijuana supply – from offering logistical help to supply.”
“The legal professionals from Amazon will most likely go to us tomorrow.”
An Amazon spokesperson mentioned in an announcement it was investigating whether or not there was any non-compliance by a vendor.
“We don’t enable the itemizing and sale of merchandise that are prohibited underneath legislation to be offered in India,” the assertion mentioned, including the corporate would cooperate with the authorities.
The US firm in India operates a market web site the place sellers can listing their merchandise and Amazon additionally offers logistics and warehouse servicing to them.
Police officer Singh mentioned his group additionally visited certainly one of Amazon’s supply hubs in Gwalior metropolis in Madhya Pradesh as a part of the investigation to get particulars of alleged marijuana supply consignments.
Authorities have lately intensified their efforts to crack down on illicit medication. Many high-profile actors and TV personalities have been underneath scrutiny from narcotics officers since final 12 months.