Monk busted for drug use

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Monk Anu Boon-eiem, temple caretaker Natekom Kamolman, and Sangwal Polcharoen (not shown) were arrested on narcotics charges in Sattahip.
Monk Anu Boon-eiem, temple caretaker Natekom Kamolman, and Sangwal Polcharoen (not shown) were arrested on narcotics charges in Sattahip.

Three men, including a monk, were arrested on narcotics charges in Sattahip.

Monk Anu Boon-eiem, 37, temple caretaker Natekom Kamolman, 40, and Sangwal Polcharoen, 61, were taken into custody separately Jan. 26 by district security forces.

The sweep came after complaints that a monk from an unnamed Sattahip temple was smoking methamphetamines. Anu failed a drug test and confessed he used the offerings he collected to purchase ya ba through Natekorn, officials said.

Natekorn confessed he purchased the drugs from Sangwait, who owns a trash-collection business. Sangwai was not caught with any drugs on him, but failed a drug test and admitted he’d smoked his remaining stock.