Thai monks in rehab after testing positive for meth

It’s a bad abbot.

Four Buddhist monks in Thailand have been sent to rehab after they all tested positive for meth.

The holy men – including the temple’s abbot, also known as the chief monk – failed drug tests in Bung Sam Phan district of Phetchabun province on Monday, an official told Agence France-Presse.

“The temple is now empty of monks and nearby villagers are concerned that they will not be able to earn merit,” official Boonlert Thintapthai said.

Police forced the monks to undergo urine tests after they searched the temple as part of the province’s crackdown on drugs.

The monks, whose names have not been released, have since been sent to a health clinic to undergo drug rehabilitation.

They were also thrown out of monasticism immediately after their positive tests – leaving their tiny temple without religious leaders.

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Four Buddhist monks failed drug tests in Bung Sam Phan district of Phetchabun province on Monday.
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Earning merit is a Buddhist practice in which devotees donate food to monks as a good deed.

Substitute monks are now being sent to the temple to allow villagers to perform their religious duties, the official said.

It was not immediately clear if drugs were also found in the temple.

Police forced the monks to take urine tests, which came back positive for meth, as part of Thailand’s crackdown on drugs.
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Thailand is a major transit country for methamphetamine pouring in from neighboring countries, and pills are sold on the streets for as little as 50 cents.

Still, the positive meth tests are just the latest example of Thai monks misbehaving.

A drug-addicted monk named Phra Annipalo, 34, was arrested in northern Thailand earlier this month after allegedly stealing two vehicles and leading police officers in a frantic chase.

He now faces up to three years in prison for stealing a car and is also expected to face charges under Thailand’s Narcotics Act. Thai monks in rehab after testing positive for meth


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