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Amazon’s involvement in marijuana smuggling case gets murkier after company denies executives were charged

The e-commerce giant has found itself in a messy situation that has seen two recent arrests and mistaken identities.

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Last Saturday, multiple reports citing official sources said that Madhya Pradesh police booked Amazon's executives in relation to a marijuana smuggling case and Vishakapatnam police arrested two of the company's delivery workers with marijuana in their possession. Amazon, however, has denied that its executives have been charged and denied to confirm the development in Vishakapatnam. Backstory: After arresting two men with 21 kg of marijuana on November 13, police from Bhind district in Madhya Pradesh on November 16 accused Amazon of aiding smugglers to order and deliver the drug to various states by allowing the drug's listing under the guise of dry stevia leaves. Bhind Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh said that the Amazon platform was used for 1,000 kgs of marijuana sales worth over ₹1 crore so far. What are the recent developments? Bhind, Madhya Pradesh: The Bhind police had sought responses from Amazon and summoned the company's executives in relation to the case, but due to differences in answers in documents provided by the company, the police on November 20 named executive directors of Amazon India as accused under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Reuters reported citing an official police statement. The police did not disclose the names of executives that were charged, the report stated. Before Amazon was named as accused, Narottam Mishra, the home minister of Madhya Pradesh, said that the company was not cooperating with the investigation. “Amazon was called but they’re not cooperating. We will bring them. I appeal to Amazon’s MD-CEO to cooperate or else…

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