One drug smuggler was reported killed in a clash with Chiang Rai police during which 300,000 methamphetamine pills were seized late on Tuesday night.
The gun battle occurred when police at a checkpoint on Ban Na-Ban San Kong road in tambon Pong Pha of Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district signalled the driver of a pickup truck to stop for an inspection, the report said.
Instead, the driver and a passenger opened fire on police with handguns. Police fired back and when the shooting stopped about five minutes later they found the dead body of the driver, still holding a .38 pistol in his right hand.
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