Two killed in Chiang Rai after drugs bust shootout
Police clashed with suspected drug traffickers yesterday evening in Chiang Rai, killing two and making four arrests. Two million methamphetamine tablets and 50 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, worth well over Bt650 million in total, were found in the suspects' possession.
Responding to a tipoff, police had intercepted a tanker truck carrying the drugs, which was being accompanied by a motorcycle and a pickup. When the gang refused to stop, police gave chase and were fired upon by the suspects.
After a 15minute chase, the pickup lost control and slid into vegetation by the roadside, said police. Both men in the pickup then exited the vehicle and began shooting at police. The two men were killed when police returned fire.
Killed at the scene were Wadee Sukkasem, 28, and Tawee Techalertpana, 55.
The four suspects arrested were Yok Harnjirarattana, Jakrapong Jarernchaidej, Seksan sae Yam, and Yongyut Phetsakunprai.