A Buddhist novice was defrocked and arrested at a temple in Khon Kaen’s Ban Haet district on Saturday morning for allegedly abusing and selling methamphetamine in his temple.
Police from the Ban Haet police station arrested Naruenart, 19, at his living quarters in a temple at 7.30am.
Ban Haet police chief Pol Col Anusak Sakdawatcharanon said officials received complaints from the people in the neighbourhood that the novice had been allegedly selling drugs to local youths.
Police found 36 meth pills in his living quarters.
Naruenart said the novice bought the drugs from another youth for his own use and sometimes sold to other youths, who came to buy at his living quarters in the temple.