An alleged drug runner was killed and 17.8 million methamphetamine tablets seized in three Chiang Mai regional police anti-drug operations.
Deputy provincial police chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Witsanu Prasartthongosod hosted the June 1 press conference with Provincial Police Region 5 commanders to announce the results.
In the first case, regional police, narcotics officers, soldiers and the Wiang Haeng Police Station cooperated to recover 2.1 million ya ba tablets stored in 11 backpacks found by the road in Hin Taw of Peangluang Subdistrict.
The approximately 10 people spotted carrying the backpacks by police lying in wait all managed to escape.
The same forces plus officers from Chai Prakan Police Station participated in the second operation, recovering 18 sacks with 1.7 million speed pills along the road between the Mae Ngon Patrol Station to a house in Mae Ngon of Fang District.
Suree Lee, 26 of Chiang Dao District, the driver of one of two pickup trucks carrying the drugs, was arrested. Her husband, Pakorn Taneejiratthitikan, 44, was shot dead in a gunfight after Pakorn tried to ram officers holding his wife.
In the final case on May 30, Fang police and narcotics officers seized 77 bags containing 14 million methamphetamine tablets at the Chayapa Hotel.
Sutat Nonthong, 34, Yodruk Klangna, 31, and Nisamon Samakronarong, 39, were arrested.
Police were tipped off to the delivery of the drugs into the district and found the white truck transporting them hiding in the hotel’s parking lot after a highway checkpoint was set up. Nisamon was found in one of the rooms and she gave up her alleged partners, one in an adjacent room and one in another hotel.