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Four Drug Couriers Killed in Thailand

21 January 2014

Thai rangers killed four drug couriers on Sunday following a clash near the Thai-Burmese border, reports The Bangkok Post. The rangers, who belong to a paramilitary force that patrols Thailand’s borders, also apprehended another person who was found to be in possession of 2 kg of heroin and 50,000 methamphetamine tablets, as well as one AK47 rifle, one shotgun and one Chinese-made hand grenade. The incident occurred in the Mae Chan District of Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province, opposite a site in Burma’s Shan State reportedly used by the United Wa State Army to produce drugs. According to the report, the two sides exchanged fire for two hours after the rangers attempted to stop eight armed men attempting to cross the border with three backpacks.