Two monks were among four people arrested by Sattahip officials for alleged drug use and dealing.
Monk Pramote Penkoksoong, 32, was taken into custody Feb. 15 and charged with being a dealer to other clergy and Sattahip residents. He was captured with of 0.69 grams of crystal methamphetamine and three meth tablets.
He was captured based on information provided by monk Suntorn Nonsaku, 24, who was caught smoking ya ba.
Monk Pramote Penkoksoong was taken into custody and charged with being a dealer to other clergy and Sattahip residents.
Using the information, authorities set up a sting operation to purchase drugs from Pramote. Along the way, they also captured motorcycle taxi driver Tanawin Munsri, 28, with 0.99 grams of ya ice, and Pathpan Chunchiew, 27, with three ya ba tablets.
Police said Pramote confessed that he became a monk after being released from prison where he served time on narcotics offenses. However, he soon returned to the trade, allegedly buying his supply from the arrested motorcycle driver and woman.