08 July 2017

Interpol-wanted Russian drug dealer arrested after hiding as spa attendant in Vietnam


A Russian woman internationally wanted by Interpol for trading drugs was arrested, when hiding under the guise of a spa attendant, by local police in south-central Vietnam on Friday.


Bering Ekateria, 47, was captured by Vietnamese police in Nha Trang, the capital of Khanh Hoa Province and has been handed over to the Interpol National Central Bureau for Vietnam.


Ekateria had been in Interpol’s wanted list for making, storing, and selling drugs in her home country since 2015.


The Russian national had been successfully hiding in Vietnam for three years by working at a spa in a four-star hotel in Nha Trang until her arrest.


Back in Russia, Ekateria and her husband ran a drug ring that was busted in September 2013, according to Interpol.


The woman was later released on bail and eventually ran away from Russia for Vietnam in late 2014, where she got a job as a spa attendant in Nha Trang.


In June 2015, Vietnamese police received the wanted notice of Ekateria from Interpol.


Police had followed all the possible leads but only discovered her whereabouts and disguise earlier this week.


The Interpol National Central Bureau for Vietnam is completing procedures to send her back to Russia for further legal proceedings.


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