The Bengaluru police on Friday said they bust an international, online drug racket, which involved drug-laced chocolates, mints and other edibles.
Senior police officials said about ₹1 crore worth of drugs, allegedly shipped from Canada, were seized at the bust.
“CCB (central crime branch) unearth intl drug cartel..seize (Rs) 1 cr worth drugs..supplied from Canada..operated on DARK WEB..accused first lures children with Drugs laced chocolates, mints..when they get addicted, then sell marijuana at v high rates..#saynotodrugs," Sandeep Patil, joint commissioner of police (crime) said in a post on Twitter.
The contrabands were shipped through online shopping platform Amazon.
“What is of greater shock is that these drugs are being shipped by Amazon courier. And we have got these Amazon wrappers that have come from Canada," said N. Bhaskar Rao, Bengaluru city police commissioner at a press conference. He added that the chocolate wrappers did contain information on the presence of drugs, which he said may be allowed in those countries but not in India.
“We are examining the role of courier companies, how they can transport drugs across countries, especially where (these) drugs are prohibited," he said.
“We are investigating the matter. Amazon has a high bar and is in compliance with local laws. Sellers selling their products are solely responsible for all necessary product compliance and are required to sell products which are legally allowed to be sold in India," an Amazon India spokesperson said.
“And these drugs that have been seized are all amphetamine (a highly stimulating and addictive substance) called meth drugs in the international markets," Rao said, adding that police will continue investigations into the case. About 2.65 kg of meth, which sells for ₹5000-6000 per gram, was seized during the bust.