Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand — Thai police seized 32 million baht worth of illegal drugs after a car chase in which shots were fired Wednesday night, but the suspects escaped by running into the forest, according to a Bangkok Post report.
Police said a black sedan drove through a police checkpoint in Sam Roi Yok district and headed south on Phetkasem Road.
With police pursuing, the sedan ran through a red light and intersection in Kui Buri district, then made a U-turn and two men inside the car opened fire on police.
At that point police shot out one of the sedan’s front tires, and the car came to a stop on the roadside. The two suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled into the forest.
Law enforcement officials discovered two backpacks inside the abandoned car containing 62,000 methamphetamine pills (or yaba), 500 grams of heroin, and one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine (or ya ice).
Another bag was found 10 meters from the vehicle containing 64,000 yaba pills.
A police spokesman said about 100 officers and two police dogs spent 17 hours searching for the two suspects, but were unsuccessful.
Pol Maj Gen Thanet Sunthornsuk, chief of Prachuap Khiri Khan provincial police, said he believed the two suspects were escorting the drugs to clients in the south. He said the drugs were believed to have been smuggled into Thailand from an airplane that had landed at a local airstrip.
A wallet belonging to a 24-year-old man named Poowanart Chuthong was found inside the car. The car was rented by Kritpakorn Kochapong, age 52, who told police that Mr. Poowanart was a close friend of his daughter.
He said that Mr.Poowanart had been renting the car from him, but then stopped making the payments and had not been seen since.
Mr. Kritpakorn also identified the other man in the car as a 24-year-old ranger named Chayun Nernkaew, and added that his daughter’s friend is the son of a special forces policeman in the Patthalung province. Image/bangkokpost.com