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MP Police Busted Drug Peddling Gang, CAIT Demands Action Against Amazon

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  • Drug peddling gang using Amazon’s e-commerce website to sell marijuana busted by MP police.
  • One ton of marijuana worth Rs.1.1 crores been transported through the site.
  • CAIT demanded investigation from NCB on activities of Amazon in India.

Madhya Pradesh: Madhya Pradesh Police discovered a drug trafficking ring that was selling marijuana on Amazon’s e-commerce website on Sunday. The police team caught an interstate drug trafficking gang that was shipping more than 1000 kg of marijuana from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, to three states through Amazon’s e-commerce platform. Suraj Pawaiya and Vijendra Singh Tomar, both from Bhind, were detained with 20 kg of marijuana at a roadside cafe in Gohad, according to Bhind district police chief Manoj Kumar Singh.

According to the detectives, almost a ton of marijuana worth Rs.1.1 crores had already been transferred via the e-commerce site. Police also wrote to Amazon, asking them to clarify if there was any way to verify the sellers, since this may be used to facilitate illegal trading.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) urged a full investigation into Amazon’s actions in India from the Central Government, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), and other agencies in response to the bizarre incident. According to CAIT, Amazon receives a 66 percent profit on marijuana-related illegal sales.

B C Bhartia, CAIT National President, and Praveen Khandelwal, CAIT Secretary General, both stated that before registering a seller, Amazon should have conducted a KYC to verify the seller’s genuineness and credibility. Furthermore, Amazon should not have permitted the selling of illegal substances such as marijuana. Moreover, it is shocking as to why a technology giant does not use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to detect the sale of illegal goods while continuing to use these technologies to identify and copy the products of poor MSMEs and Indian manufacturers in order to create their own private label goods.

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