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Russian Busted for Online ‘Drug Dealing’ in Pattaya

Chonburi health inspectors and Region 2 police catalog drugs seized at a Pattaya pharmacy.
Chonburi health inspectors and Region 2 police catalog drugs seized at a Pattaya pharmacy.

Eastern region police arrested a Russian man who allegedly operated a mail-order drugstore out of his closed Pattaya pharmacy.

Kirll Tarasov, 46, was captured leaving his shuttered Dr. Holland store on Jomtien Beach Road late Sept. 1.

Inside the three-story commercial building Chonburi Public Health Department inspectors found prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbs, traditional medicine and cosmetics stored on the top two floors.

Provincial Police Region 2 officers confiscated 64 products all deemed illegal under Thai law.

Health Department pharmacist Ratikorn Prasertthaicharoen said the Dr. Holland location had previously operated as a retail drug store, one of two in the city.

In storage she found pharmaceuticals, such as those to treat hypertension, and others that were unregistered in Thailand. There also was a large supply of illegal and dangerous diet pills, she said.

Police said Tarasov had owned the retail stores but, once they closed, he started a Russia-registered website and began selling drugs and cosmetics online, shipping them via Thai Post or courier services.

Kiriew was charged with selling pharmaceuticals with no license, selling unregistered drugs, selling ineffective home remedies, and selling improperly labeled cosmetics.

A version of this story originally appeared in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.