A 57-year-old monk has been arrested and defrocked for allegedly taking illegal drugs at a temple in the Nong Yai district.
The Nong Yai Police raided a temple in the Nong Yai sub-district earlier this week following a tip from concerned citizens. Police entered the monk’s dwelling to find Monk Choochart Somsakunmontree, 57. Police reportedly found six methamphetamine pills and a bag of crystal methamphetamine.
The arrest came after police received a tip-off from locals that were being concerned over a monk who had taken illegal drugs. Monk Choochart later admitted to police he bought these drugs for himself but denied selling them or causing problems for others. According to Choochart, the drugs helped him meditate and reach higher planes of thinking, despite being banned by Buddhist regulations.
Monk Choochart was ordered to leave the Buddhist monkhood by the abbot of the temple and defrocked before being taken to the Nong Yai Police Station for further legal action and to determine where he purchased the drugs from.