The press think that the cocaine was to be extracted from the cream. Rubbish! Skin cream sells for much more than cocaine in Thailand. Photographs in the papers show the cops could not keep their fingers out of the cream, especially those cops with bad skin.
Thailand’s skin care business is worth billions. Everybody wants soft, wrinkle-free, white skin; and members of Thailand’s high society will pay a fortune for the stuff. Here is how the business works: Somebody with a face like a dried prune uses some skin cream from a seven-eleven for a month and still looks like a prune. Then they buy more expensive cream from Boots, after a month they still look like a prune. Then they go to the Department store cosmetics section and pay a fortune for their cream and they still have a prune face. Then there is the exclusive department store that sells fabulously expensive cream with exotic French names like “Le Fou” and “Merde alors”. We find that one tub of “Merde alors” costs more than it does to feed a family of four for a year. And the users still look like prunes. The psychology is exactly the same as the compulsive gambler. No matter how many times they loose, they always go back to the roulette table convinced that they will win next time, provided they lay down more money.
There are now thousands of companies and individuals fighting for the “creamer” market. Anybody can get into it, and you can make it in your backyard. Just buy a 52 gallon drum of the stuff from a chemical wholesaler, add a bit of perfume and put it in your own designer plastic bottles.
With so many brands on the market, cocaine cream offers a fully differentiated product. Normally people take cocaine by snorting it up the nose with a rolled up 100 dollar bill. However, it will be absorbed through the skin if applied in a cream form, it is not as efficient as a snort but it will work. So, with cocaine cream (made with rare herbs and fruits from the town of Eldorado, atop the Andes Mountains) the users will get high on coke. With a good cocaine high the consumers will not notice, or care, that they still have a face that looks like a dried prune.
Thailand’s most famous tweaker sells skin care products. Private Tye assumed she was taking tablets, but maybe she has been putting meth in her skin products and getting high on her own supply.
The story from the Bangkok Post
A senior police officer shows an opened jar containing moisturising cream laced with cocaine during a media briefing on three drug cases on Tuesday. Six jars of skin cream mixed with cocaine were seized from an Ecuadorian woman who arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport on Monday from Peru, and her alleged Russian contact was later arrested at a Bangkok hotel.
An Ecuadorian woman has been arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport with six jars of moisturising cream mixed with cocaine in her luggage, and her alleged Russian contact apprehended at a Bangkok hotel. Jenny Pacheco, 56, from Ecuador, was apprehended at Suvarnabhumi airport when she arrived on a Royal Dutch Airlines flight from Lima, Peru, on Monday afternoon.
Narcotics police and customs officials searched her luggage and discovered six large jars of moisturising cream;laced with cocaine, weighing 2.3 kg, said Wutthipong Phetkamnerd, the narcotics officer leading the case. "It was mixed in with the skin cream - a new smuggling tactic to avoid arrest," he told reporters.
He did not explain how the traffickers intended to extract the cocaine from the skin cream. Ms Pacheco allegedly confessed to drug smuggling, and said she was to deliver the cocaine to a Russian man, Thai media reported.
Police subsequently arrested Russian national Shabanov Mikhail, 31, at a hotel room in Lad Krabang district of Bangkok. They also seized 278,320 baht, 31,700 Russian roubles and US$100 US from the suspect. Mr Mikhail initially denied any knowledge of a drug delivery. The two suspects were held in police custody for legal action.