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.