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Police and navy personnel raided a well known temple in the Ao Luk area of Krabi yesterday and arrested the abbot and most of the monks.
They were caught red handed in the monks’ quarters enjoying a Ya Ba and Krathom leaf party with the dealer who had brought the drugs, reported Thai Rath.
Arrested were dealer Supharat Suwansang, 24, Phra Worawut Chunoi, 27, the abbot of Wat Praison in Khao Yai sub-district, Phra Thawatchai Khunthongkham, 25 and Phra Wuthichai Bangtiaw, 24.
Police found the drugs in their possession. They were all charged with possession of Class 5 and Class 1 drugs and drug taking.
Also arrested was Phra Amornsak Kamjornjak, 50, who tested positive for drug taking with purple urine.
All the four monks were taking for defrocking ahead of prosecution.
Supharat admitted that he had been hired by the abbot to deliver drugs to the temple.