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A Buddhist temple left empty after monks fail drug tests


A Buddhist temple in the central region Thailand has no more monks after all of its saints failed drug tests and were left unattended, a local official said on Tuesday.
Four monks including an abbot at a temple in Phetchabun . province Banh Sam Phan county tested positive for methamphetamine on Monday, county official Boonlert Thintapthai told AFP.
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.
Thailand is the main transit country for methamphetamine flowing in from Myanmar’s troubled Shan state through Laos, according to the investigative agency. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
On the street, the drug is sold for less than 20 baht (about $0.50).
Authorities around the world Southeast Asia has made record meth seizures in recent years.

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