Amazon will pay fines in connection with allegations that it shipped a lethal chemical via the United States Postal Service.

Jeff Bezos’s company will pay $250,000 to settle claims of shipping sodium azide on at least 196 occasions between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2021, said the US Attorney’s Office.

Sodium azide is termed as a nonmailable substance, which means it is against federal law if it is sent in the mail.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that sodium azide is a fast-acting, potentially deadly biochemical that becomes a toxic gas when mixed with water.

Officials claim sending sodium azide puts postal workers and the general public in danger if the poisonous liquid spills or leaks.

Authorities say Amazon has cooperated with them throughout the legal procedure and that the issues have been resolved.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra L. Steinvoort and Joel A. Ferre of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, handled the case.

Source: ABC4

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