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Nine monks, novices in Chumphon arrested over drug use

Mar 03. 2018
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By The Nation

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Nine young monks and novices in Chumphon’s Tha Sae district were arrested and defrocked after they tested positive for drug use, officials said.

Acting on a tips-off, officials of a taskforce of the Chumphon governor checked Wat Kring in Moo 7 village in Tambon Sup-anan and arrested two monks for allegedly abusing methamphetamine.

Based on accounts of the two monks, officials next checked a monastic centre in Tambon Hong Charoen of Tha Sae. Four monks and three novices were tested for meth and found positive.

All were defrocked and brought to a drug rehabilitation centre at the Chumphon Territory Defence Company.

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