CHIANG RAI – Colonel Kidakorn Chantra, commander of the Pha Muang Task Force, told a press meeting today that soldiers with the Pha Muang Task Force clashed in a fire fight with a group of alleged drug mules in a Chiang Rai border district early Monday, after which a body was found and 400,000 methamphetamine pills were seized.
Colonel Kidakorn Chantra, said the fire fight occurred at 5am about 3.5 kilometers from the Myanmar border in Ban Pang Mahan village, in Mae Fa Luang district’s Tambon Therdthai.
Colonel Kidakorn said that after his task force had received tips that a group of traffickers would attempt to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom at the spot, he had dispatched a unit to stake out the area.
At 5am, his unit saw about 10 men carrying bags and ordered them to halt, but they opened fired at the troops, resulting in a five-minute gunfight, most of the suspects then fled back into the border forest, but the troops found the body of one man.
He had a bag on his person, and three more bags were found nearby, each bag was found to contain 100,000 meth pills, the commander added.