The authorities learned that drug traffickers along the Myanmar border in Chiang Rai plotted to move a large shipment of illegal drugs through Chiang Rai’s Thoeng district.
Police intercepted the group with a skirmish on the Chiang Rai-Thoeng Road.
Two ethnic Hmong men from Tak’s Phop Phra district – Thawee Techalertwattana and Kaptan Wadeesukasem -- were killed in a pickup truck.
Three others in another truck carrying narcotics were arrested along with a fourth man on a motorcycle.
Pol Gen Somyod Phumphanmuang, deputy commissioner, said that the confiscated drugs came from the border and were bound for Bangkok, The lot has an estimated value of over one billion baht.