Drug mule dead following shootout with police in Chiang Rai

A suspected drug mule has died following a shootout with narcotics suppression police in Chiang Rai.

Acting on a tip-off, the police intercepted 20 men walking with backpacks in Tha Sut, Mueang District at 10 p.m. last night.

Upon being confronted, most of the men fled the scene while a number attempted to provide cover fire for their escape, resulting in a 15 minute long shootout and one of the men being killed.

24 backpacks that had been abandoned were recovered although the types of drugs inside the backpacks was not reported. Given recent drug raids in the north, it was likely that the men were transporting Yaba and/or Ice.