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Buddhist monk in Thailand arrested with 88,000 meth pills

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    The Nation

Bangkok | Wed, April 4, 2018 | 02:28 pm
Buddhist monk in Thailand arrested with 88,000 meth pills BPOM and Police Officers show a confiscated illegal drugs during press conference at the Police Headquarter in Jakarta in 2016. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

Police arrested a Buddhist monk in Trang’s Muang district early on Wednesday after 88,005 methamphetamine pills and 0.5 grams of crystal meth were found in his room. 

The monk, whose layman name is Wipat Kraithep, 33, was defrocked and charged with possessing drugs with intent to sell.

Muang Trang police chief Pol Colonel Alongkorn Simawut said he dispatched a team of police to search the monk’s room after receiving complaints from people in the neighbourhood that the monk appeared to be abusing drugs.

The monk tested positive to drug use after his arrest.

He told police that the meth pills allegedly belonged to his friend, Phatthakorn Srisongkram, 24, who left them in his room on March 27. The monk said the crystal meth was for his personal use.

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This article appeared on The Nation newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post
 

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