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Suspected Myanmar drug courier shot dead in Chiang Mai, another arrested

By The Nation

 

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A drug suspect believed to be a fighter with an ethnic group in Myanmar was killed in a shootout with Thai police and soldiers while attempting to bring drugs across the border into Chiang Mai’s Mae Ai district early Monday.

 

Acting on a tip-off, a joint force of some 30 policemen and troops staked out a forest near Ban San Ton Du in Tambon Tha Don at 2 am.

 

They spotted some 30 men in green military uniform carrying one bag each walking through the forest to two pickup trucks waiting at the end of the earth road near the forest. Each of the men carried a gun.

 

The authorities waited for the suspects to load the bags into the back of the two pickups before emerging, shouting to the men to lay down arms and wait. They responded by opening fire at the authorities. 

 

The two sides engaged in a gunfight for about 20 minutes before the suspects fled into the forest to cross the border back to Myanmar.

 

The authorities radioed for reinforcements. Once these arrived, they checked the spot where hey found the body of a suspect who had been shot twice in the chest.

 

A pursuing unit managed to arrest another suspect in green military uniform. The suspect could not speak Thai, police said.

 

The authorities also found and seized about 9.8 million meth pills inside 50 fertilizer bags in the back of the two pickups.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375363

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-08-26
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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Acting on a tip-off, a joint force of some 30 policemen and troops staked out a forest near Ban San Ton Du in Tambon Tha Don

Meanwhile, the big transport was going on elsewhere.....

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

a joint force of some 30 policemen and troops staked out a forest

And could only shoot one suspect.... were they using blanks ?

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3 hours ago, hotchilli said:

And could only shoot one suspect.... were they using blanks ?

I had a young Thai chap working for me and he told me how when he was in the army they would get sent out into the jungle on patrol without bullets in their guns and it's wasn't fair as the smugglers had bullets.

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So let's get this straight.

 

Decent contingent of cops and that army set in ambush at a site they know bad dudes will pass through. Engage in gunfight (from probably concealed established positions) and only shoot a couple of fellas !!!! My nana could shoot better than that lol lol

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21 hours ago, hotchilli said:

And could only shoot one suspect.... were they using blanks ?

It is hard to manoeuvre a submarine in the woods.

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