Drug suspect killed in shootout with troops in Chiang Rai
A drug suspect was killed in a shootout with Army troops while attempting to smuggle 2.8 million methamphetamine pills into Thailand from Myanmar late Sunday night.
Troops from the Pha Muang Taskforce were patrolling a border road in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen district when they spotted a pickup truck at about 10.40pm.
The troops chased after the pickup as it sped toward the Chiang Saen-Chiang Rai bypass before crashing into the concrete barrier at the u-turn under Yonok Nak Nakhon bridge in Ban Si Suwan village in Tambon Nong Pa Kor next to Doi Luang district.
Two men exited the vehicle and opened fire, resulting in a five-minute gunfight.
Polawat Lungsikaew, 23, a resident of Kanchanaburi, was killed but the other suspect disappeared.
The troops found 19 bags with about 2.85 million meth pills in the back of the pickup.