Border soldiers shot dead four drug traffickers and arrested another during a fierce two hour cash with an armed drug caravan near the Burmese border in Mae Fah Luang and Mae Chan districts of Chiang Rai yesterday.
The clash came after the Pa Muang Field Force received intelligence report of attempt to smuggle a huge cache of drugs across the border to Thailand.
Troops and rangers were ordered to intercept the drug caravan along the order of Mae Fa Luang and Mae Chan districts of Chiang Rai. A group of 10 armed men with back packs were spotted. They were signaled to stop for search but the armed men resisted and opened fire with assault rifles.
The gun battle which started at 5 a.m. lasted two hours later with four traffickers lying dead and the rest fled.
Five bag packs were opened and found to contain more than 50,000 methamphetamine pills and 4.5 kilograms of heroin wrapped in plastic bags.
A search of the clash scene also founded a 25-year-old hill tribe trafficker lying with shot wound on his knee. He was held captive for questioning.
The suspect admitted of being a member of the drug caravan which was paid to smuggle the drug into the Thai border by a financier.