Three Monks accused of drug dealing, caught in Sattahip

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Three monks were accused of selling class 1 drugs to other monks at Temples in Prajinburi Province and locally in the Plu Ta Luang area and were arrested on Sunday. Local Government officials attached to the anti-narcotics unit in Sattahip District were aware of the drug dealing operation and used a monk residing at a Temple in the Plu Ta Luang area to lure one of the three monks to his abode on the promise of purchasing 3 Yabba Tablets in exchange for 800 Baht. A secret camera was installed inside the room and ,as planned, the first target of the operation, Khun Wirayut aged 25, arrived and exchanged the drugs for the 800 Baht’s worth of marked notes. He led officers to the two other monks who were believed to be consuming drugs in a motel room also in the Plu Ta Luang area. Inside the room, the two other monks who were wearing civilian clothing, were found and a total of 4 Yabba Tablets were seized from them. It is thought they were ordained together at the temple in Prajinburi and were then forced to relocate due to problems with the Chief Monk. They then moved to the Temple in Plu Ta Luang and encountered similar problems. Instead of being formally dis-robed by the Chief Monk, due to their indiscretions they simply left the temple and changed into civilian clothing. All three men were later transferred to Sattahip Police Station and charged with class 1 drug dealing.



  • Observing

    Drugs and monks a recurring theme in the land of smiles.

  • Wally

    It must be hard to meditate if you are bouncing off the walls high on yaba.

  • Jake

    In the grand scheme of things this may screw up the safety net of the monk-hood for the traditional slackers and general eff-ups who use it to retire in their golden years after a life of failure….then again, little will be done in the way of vetting/reform in most temples as long as the head monks get a cut of the steady money generated.

  • saujana

    …the chief Monks should have criteria in ordaining new monks to avoid future shame like this.
    …if this continues then the monks will be less respected in the near future.

  • craig

    O, truth be told meditation on a high level and those pondering in the ditch are not that far apart. Of course only one side is hoping perception remains reality.

  • renbe

    I guess there are some rotten apples in every basket