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Three arrested in connection with Russian woman’s death

Three arrested in connection with Russian woman’s death

PHUKET: Police investigating the death of a Russian woman who fell eight stories from a Patong condo early yesterday morning (May 31) have arrested three tourists for drug possession in relation to the woman’s death.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 1 June 2022, 05:16PM


Jordanian national Ahmad Radi Mustafa Alatoom, 28, was arrested at Phuket airport while he was waiting to board a flight out of Thailand last night (May 31). Photo: via Eakkapop Thongtub

Jordanian national Ahmad Radi Mustafa Alatoom, 28, was arrested at Phuket airport while he was waiting to board a flight out of Thailand last night (May 31). Photo: via Eakkapop Thongtub

One of the three, a Jordanian national, was arrested at Phuket airport while trying to flee the country last night.

Patong Police, assisted by Phuket Tourist Police, Phuket Immigration officers and regular police placed Ahmad Radi Mustafa Alatoom, 28, in custody at Phuket airport while he was waiting to board a flight out of Thailand, police have confirmed.

The other two placed under arrest were named as Russian national Natalia Kosenkova, 35, and US citizen Jamaal Antwaun Smith, 38.

The three have been taken to Patong Police Station to be charged with possession of Category 5 drug, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Sermphan Sirikong said.

The arrests came as police investigate the death of 35-year-old Russian national Evgeniia Smirnova at The Emerald Terrace condo off Phra Barami Rd in Patong yesterday morning.

Police were called to the condo complex at 4:30am. Officers were shown where the body of Ms Smirnova lay, at the back of the building, below where curved exterior stairs join the seventh and eighth floors. Ms Smirnova had suffered fatal trauma on impact. She died instantly, police said.

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The drug-possession charge was pressed against all three tourists after 1.10 grammes of finely chopped dried marijuana was found in a transparent plastic bag in the room where Ms Smirnova was staying, reported Maj Gen Sermphan.

Ms Smirnova was staying at the condo block with the three tourists now arrested, he said.

The four had been drinking and used drugs on the night of the incident, he added.

Maj Gen Sermphan repeated his message from yesterday that police were still investigating the circumstances of Ms Smirnova’s death.

“Police are now working hard to find out the cause of the death of the Russian woman. We must ask for time for officers to do their work and to collect evidence related to the case,” he said.

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Capricornball | 02 June 2022 - 16:48:45

Hmmm...why all the comments focusing on the meager pot bust. This was clearly the only thing they could use to hang on to these guys that are suspected of having something to do with the death of the Russian lady. I'm OK with doing whatever they need to to hold anyone accountable for a death.  Overall, typical s#!^-show that is Patong, a tumor to Thailand's tourism sector.

Fascinated | 02 June 2022 - 10:53:08

1.1g- wow! Are these the 'high end' tourists the TAT is pursuing.? tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime!

Kurt | 02 June 2022 - 09:51:25

3 Foreign men arrested for 1.1 gram marijuana?  1.1 : 3 = 0.36 per person.  How to link the men?  And arresting without knowing who of the men had it in possesion or just the woman herself. Again, the Patong police make a joke of themselves.. This case never comes further than corrupt RTP 'mediation'. Hello TAT, this is not exactly foreign tourist promotion of drugs island Phuket.

JohnC | 02 June 2022 - 09:03:24

What a joke! Arresting 3 people for 1 gramme of pot?? Days after the drug was taken off the category 5 list and allowed to be grown across the country??? In days gone by it was the Patong cops that soll us 1 gramme baggies and if you weren't careful they would turn around and bust you with what they just sold you. Double corruption!

 

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