United Wa State Army (UWSA) liaison office in-charge in Lashio, Nyi Run, said that they had arrested a drug trafficking gang with over 4.8 million tablets on October 2 after an exchange of fire. “We can say they were travelling to the Thai side of the border. We waited for them coming after getting a tip-off and could arrest them,” Nyi Run said. The UWSA were able to arrest some men from this drug gang with 1.8 million amphetamine tablets on October 1 and more men from this gang were arrested on October 2 in the evening with 4.8 million tablets after a search for them in the jungle and after an exchange of fire with them. In an UWSA press statement a platoon commander of UWSA from 171st Military Region, on the Thai-Myanmar border, led a team which arrest some men on October 1 in an exchange of fire which killed two of them and eight members were arrested alive and then on October 2 six more men from the gang were killed and one was arrested.