A Buddhist temple in central Thailand has been left without a monk after all its saints failed a drug test and was demolished, a local official said on Thursday. Three.
Boonlert Thintapthai, Bung Sam Phan district official, said four monks, including an abbot at a temple in Bung Sam Phan district, Phetchabun province, tested positive for methamphetamine on Monday.
The monks were sent to a health clinic for drug addiction treatment, the official said.
“The temple currently has no monks and nearby villagers are concerned that they cannot make any merit,” he said.
Making merit involves worshipers offering food to monks as a good deed.
Boonlert added that more monks will be sent to the temple to allow villagers to fulfill their religious obligations.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Thailand is a major transit country for the flood of methamphetamine from Myanmar’s troubled Shan state through Laos.
On the street, the drug is sold for less than 20 baht (about $0.50).
Authorities across Southeast Asia have made record meth seizures in recent years.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)
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