SATTAHIP – August 5, 2012 [PDN]; At 4 p.m., a drug-selling monk in a well known Sattahip temple was arrested by Pol. Lt. Naret Boonthee, investigation officer, Sattahip police station, Chonburi province.
The police officer detained monk Puripanyo or Mr. Suppachai Dechparn, 28, who confessed to a master plan of selling 25 amphetamine tablets at the parsonage where he was arrested.
Pol. Col. Chonnapat Nawalak, Superintendent, Sattahip police station, said the police had received many complaints from local people about the misbehaving monks. They said the monks were deviating from the code of monastic discipline by consuming amphetamines within the temple.
So he commanded the detection police team to coordinate with the abbot to investigate the matter. They discovered that a monk ordained only a month ago had been smuggling amphetamines to sell to other monks in the temple.
The police then set up a stakeout to observe him. On the night of August 4, a drug dealer named Mr. Tron, 30, staying at Soi Bonkai, drove a car to bring 25 amphetamine pills to the suspect monk.
Police seized the defendant and the drugs, but Mr. Tron escaped into the darkness. The police later asked the abbot to arrange for Mr. Suppachai to leave the monkhood. Later the abbot called all monks in the temple to show their sincerity by allowing the police to test their urine. Three monks had violet urine, showing drugs were in their bodies.
They were identified as monk Wattano or Mr. Krissada Klomkamhaeng, age 45; monk Thirasattho or Mr. Thanan Heangmanee, age 26; and monk Katathammo or Mr. Khajornkiert Jaturavit, age 24. All of them confessed to buying amphetamines from the defendant.
The abbot arranged for them to leave the monkhood, and sent them to the police investigation officer to prosecute with charges of consuming amphetamines.