Around one million yaba tablets were seized following a shootout between soldiers and drug runners in Chiang Dao this morning, Sept. 10.
The shootout took place near a checkpoint in Kaeng Pan Te, Tambon Mae Na at around 5:45 a.m.
The Royal Thai Army soliders, acting in conjunction with police representing the Special Operations arm of the Center for the Prevention and Suppression of Northern Narcotics spotted a number of smugglers attempting to go around the checkpoint and attempted to intercept them.
The drug runners weren’t keen on being arrested and opened fire instead. The shootout is said to have lasted between four to five minutes, long enough for the drug runners to escape into nearby fores without their drugs.
The amount of the drugs abandoned is not entirely clear – some reports put the number at 800,000 while others suggest the number of 1.1 million. They were being carried in eight separate bags, however.
Photo: Guru Chiang Mai