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Police Kill Seven Drugs Suspects by Thai Border

16 July 2012

Thai security forces have killed seven alleged drug smugglers from Burma in a gun-battle near the border in one of the deadliest drug-related incidents reported in Thailand this year. Police Maj Gen Surachet Thopunyanon says investigators had been following a drug gang for several days when members were caught crossing the border on foot on Monday morning in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province. He says police seized 520,000 methamphetamine pills and 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of crystal meth. Police are still hunting for other suspects who escaped the scene.—AP