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Monk arrested for alleged involvement in large methamphetamine delivery

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Daily News

Police arrested a monk on drug charges and seized 4.8 million methamphetamine pills from a resort in the Central Thailand province Chai Nat. The man, a senior monk from Chiang Rai, was allegedly hired to help deliver large qualities methamphetamine 3 times and paid 300,000 baht per delivery. The monk allegedly told police that he needed the money to enroll in a master’s degree program.

A photo shows the monk standing in front of a van packed with boxes. Along with the 4.8 million methamphetamine pills, police found a gun with 14 bullets and 11 mobile phones. According to Thai media, it was a significant drug trafficking bust, cracking down on a large network in the Chiang Dao and Chai Nat area. The monk allegedly sat in the van during deliveries to “trick” police and avoid getting searched at police checkpoints.

SOURCES: Chiang Rai Times | Thairath


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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Never trust a man wearing an orange dress.

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      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 3:27 pm

      Or…never trust a man wearing a dress?

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    brian mc

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    posing for a photo next to a van full of drugs? what was he thinking? bound to get caught

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    Barry Lewis

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    It’s very sad to see a monk abusing his position in this way.May the courts set an example of him

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:42 pm

      It was sad at one time, now it is no surprise.

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    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Drug War Photo-Op Policing Is a Betrayal of Law Enforcement’s Principles

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    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 6:18 am

    Why is nobody pointing at anything?

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    Bobby B

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Thai monk are no true holy people. The just young rascals in a orange dress, forced to go to monk school. So, so sad!

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    john smith

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Lawer to Criminal. Go to prison or be a monk for a year.Criminal. OK ill be a monk and a criminal for a year. LOL

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    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 5:30 am

    The price of an education, trash your vows to the Buddha.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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