The shooting took place around 4 a.m. yesterday afternoon as soldiers patrolled Ban Li Se village in Mae Fah Luang district,” said Colonel Chatree Sa-Nguantham, the deputy task force commander.
Chiang Rai’s Pha Muang task force officials became involved in a shootout with a group of drug smugglers while patrolling the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang district. After the shooting, six of the gang members were shot dead, while nine backpacks containing more than 1.8 million amphetamine tablets were found at the scene.
Colonel Chatree added that when his men ordered them to stop, the group opened fire, prompting the task force to fire back.
The firefight lasted about 15 minutes before the group retreated to Myanmar territory.
According to Chatree, the backpacks, made from fertilizer bags the group left behind, each contained about 200,000 tablets of amphetamine, a type I narcotic under Thai law.
General Narit Thawornwong, commander of the Pha Muang task force, has ordered the deployment of additional soldiers along the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Rai to prevent drug trafficking gangs from entering the country.
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