Four Buddhist monks in Thailand have been sent to rehabilitation after testing positive for methamphetamine, according to reports.

The monks, including the abbot of a temple in Phetchabun province’s Bung Sam Phan district, tested positive for the drug on Monday, Thai officials told an official told Agence France-Presse.

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Buddhist monks of the Dhammakaya sect sit awaiting the police raid outside the Dhammakaya sect temple in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, Thailand. Four Thai Buddhist monks have been sent to rehabilitation after testing positive for methamphetamine, according to reports.
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“The temple is now empty of monks and nearby villagers are worried that they can’t make any merit,” said the official, Boonlert Thintapthai.

Merit-making is a Buddhist practice that involves followers donating food to monks as a good deed. More monks will be sent to the temple to resume operations inside.

Thailand is a major drug transit point for methamphetamine from neighboring Myanmar, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said.

Crystals of methamphetamine.

Crystals of methamphetamine.
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