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Thailand: Woman from Ecuador behaving strangely, leads to 2.35 kg of cocaine disguised as beauty cream

Thai Authorities Seize Cocaine Disguised As Beauty Creams, With Links To Russian Mob

By Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa

BANGKOK, Feb 14 (Bernama) — A woman from Ecuador at the Suvarnabhumi Airport became suspicious of an Ecuadorian woman behaving strangely. Narcotics police would then seize 2.35 kg of cocaine that was disguised as beauty cream products. Police believe the cocaine originated from Russian criminal elements and were packaged as international brands of body lotions and facial creams. Read Article

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North Korea accuses Mexico of illegally detaining ship

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More African, Asian migrants using Costa Rica on route to U.S., Canada

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Nepal citizens arriving in Ecuador by sea, using as route to the U.S.

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40 Percent of New Vehicle Sales in Ecuador from Asia

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Lack of trade pact with South Korea, hurting Ecuadorian businesses

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Mexican Mafia murder plot to kill rival Canadian drug lords in Phillipines

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Canadian Drug Ring busted in Phillipines with Mexican cartel connections

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Panama: N. Korea to pay fine to release ship stopped near Panama Canal

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Cusco, Peru: Police Rescue 5 Foreign Trafficking Victims

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Gulf of Urabá, Colombia: Four Arrested at Border for Human Trafficking

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Antioquia, Colombia: Police Break Up International Human Trafficking Network

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Medellín, Colombia: Woman Sentenced to 15 years Prison for Human Trafficking

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Chaco, Argentina: 3 Arrested for Human Trafficking

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Resistencia, Argentina: Translator to Meet with 7 Undocumented Asians Detained

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Resistencia, Argentina: 4 Asian Trafficking Victims Rescued

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La Vega, Dominican Republic: Police Arrest Suspected Leader of Trafficking Network

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Police Break Up Gang Trafficking Victims from India to US

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Peru: Asian investors interested in gas pipeline and Metro Lima projects

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