Eight monks from three temples in Phuket have been defrocked after posting positive drug-test results.
Phuket officers raided the temples – Wat Samkong, Wat Kathu and Wat Thepnimit – in Mueang Phuket and Kathu districts after locals complained about drugs at the temples.
Officers conducted urine drug tests on the monks.
The eight monks have been defrocked by a senior monk, before being taken to the Phuket Provincial Narcotics Control Management Centre for drug treatment.
Police are investigating the three temples and questioning the monks.