CHIANG RAI – Narcotics suppression police were dispatched to keep watch along possible smuggling routes near the border in Mae Fa Luang and Mae Chang districts at around 1am. Acting on a tip-off that large quantities of illicit drugs would be smuggled from the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Fa Luang district to inner areas of the country, Thai media reported on Saturday.
Suppression officers spotted three suspected pickup trucks — two carrying Chiang Rai license plates and the other with Bangkok license plates — traveling down from a mountainous route along the border heading to Phahon Yothin Road in tambon Pasang of Mae Chan district.
The officers signaled them to stop for a search, but a man in one of the three pickups opened fire, prompting the police to return fire.
After the gunfire ended officers found one man, identified later as Boonsong Wusuekoo, 27, of Muang district in Chiang Rai, was shot dead. and a 357 pistol was found near his body.
The drivers of the other two vehicles surrendered.
The police searched the three pickup trucks and found bundles containing 8 million Methamphetamine pills (Yaba) covered with tarpaulins.
All suspects were charged with illegal possession of illicit drugs.
Photo’s Courtesy of Chiang Rai Report