By Jessada Chantharak
Four suspects were arrested and a fifth was killed during arrest, national police deputy commissioner Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakan told a press conference in Bangkok on Thursday.
In the first case, police arrested three hill tribe men - identified as Boonsong Wusueku, 27, who was killed in a gunfight with police during arrest, Peera Ar-ngee, 25 and Lisu Ar-ngee, 23.
Eight million meth pills, three pick-up trucks, a pistol and five cell phones were seized in the March 16 bust in Chiang Rai province, said Narcotics Suppression Bureau's third regional commander Pol Maj General Watchara Thipmongkol.
The three men were charged with having illicit drugs in their possession with intent to sell. The late Boonsong would have faced additional charges of resisting police arrest, attempting to kill police and having in his possession without permission a gun and ammunition.
In the second case, police and customs officials this week arrested 47-year-old Bamba Adama, from Ivory Coast, who allegedly smuggled 1,546 grams of cocaine in his stomach at the Suvarnabhumi Airport.
He has been charged with smuggling cocaine into the Kingdom without permission and having in his possession cocaine with intent to sell.
In the third case, 28-year-old Thai man, Anucha Krinwongsa, from Nan's Wiang Sa district, was arrested on March 19 with 2,070 grams of "ice" at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
His arrests followed a tip-off a day earlier about a batch of drugs to be smuggled out of the country via the airport.
Anucha was apprehended after officers found the "ice" hidden in his luggage. He was charged with drug possession with intent to sell and attempt to smuggle drugs out of the country.