Three killed in drug-related slaying in southern Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Three people including a convicted drug dealer were shot to death Thursday in an execution style slaying believed to be linked to a drug deal gone sour, police said. 

Klong Phasatho, 50, his common law wife, Raungthong Sukhonthamas, 37, and an unidentified young man were shot in the couple's rented house in Nakhon Sri Thammarat town, police Lt. Col. Sinchai Karawaratnapat said. 

Hundreds of methamphetamine tablets and fake bank notes were found on the bodies of the victims, who had been shot at close range, he said. 

Investigators believe the killings were the result of a double-cross in a drug deal.Klong was recently freed from prison after serving a sentence for drug trafficking, Sinchai said. No other details were available. 

Nakhon Sri Thammarat is 590 kilometers (365 miles) south of Bangkok.

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