Rayong province —
Five fake Cambodian monks, among many who fled, were arrested in Rayong following residents’ complaints about them only soliciting for money and taking drugs.
Around ten other suspects ran up a mountain and were able to get away as soon as they sighted Rayong authorities and police officers who launched a crackdown on them at Wat Khao Bo Thong in the Klaeng district of Rayong this morning, October 7th.
Prior to the operation, the officers said they received multiple complaints from residents about a group of suspicious monks who reportedly committed rogue behaviors by refusing to accept anything other than cash from givers.
The temple was situated on the mountain. Only five suspects were nabbed. They all failed to show their monk certificates and reportedly confessed to being Cambodian border hoppers. Rayong police had them run through drug tests and found that two of them were on drugs. All suspects were ordered to leave the monkhood at the temple.
The two suspects who were on drugs admitted to taking Yabba (methamphetamine) that they bought for 40 baht, according to police reports. All of them illegally crossed into the kingdom and had stayed at the temple for ten years. The suspects were detained at a police station to await further legal proceedings.