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Buddhist Monk arrested after 4,600,000 drugs are found in his car and monastery

epa05775705 A handout photo made available on 07 February 2017 by the Rakhine State Government office shows Arsara also known as Min Naing (R), Pyin Nyar Nanda also known as Aye Lwin (C) and Khone Na La also known as Thein Shwe (L) standing next to a pile of seized drugs at a police station in Maung Daw township, northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, 05 February 2017. Myanmar authorities arrested three Buddhist monks in Maung Daw township near the Bangladesh - Myanmar border after 4.24 million methamphetamine stimulant tablets have been seized. Police state that the drugs are worth 8,480 million Myanmar Kyats (around 6.19 million US dollars). EPA/RAKHINE STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICE HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

A Buddhist monk has been arrested after a huge haul of drugs was found (Picture: EPA)

A Buddhist monk has been arrested in Burma after authorities said they found more than four million methamphetamine pills in his car and his monastery.

The monk was stopped as he drove in northern Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh, said police officer Maung Maung Yin.

Authorities had been tipped off that the monk was carrying an illegal haul. Maung Maung Yin said an anti-drug task force found 400,000 pills in the monk’s car.

A subsequent search of his monastery turned up 4.2 million pills along with a grenade and ammunition.


epa05775706 A handout photo made available on 07 February 2017 by the Rakhine State Government office shows seized methamphetamine drug tablets displayed at a police station in Maung Daw township, northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, 05 February 2017. Myanmar authorities arrested three Buddhist monks in Maung Daw township near the Bangladesh - Myanmar border after 4.24 million methamphetamine stimulant tablets have been seized. Police state that the drugs are worth 8,480 million Myanmar Kyats (around 6.19 million US dollars). EPA/RAKHINE STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICE HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
A handout of some of the drugs that were found (Picture: EPA)

A statement from the office of Burma’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said that one million kyats (£591) in cash was also found in the vehicle.

Burma is a major producer of methamphetamine, usually smuggled from the north east to neighbouring countries.

It is also the world’s second biggest producer of opium, from which heroin is derived.

‘This is not a normal case, and when we were informed that the monk was arrested, we were all shocked,’ said Kyaw Mya Win, a township police officer.


epa05775704 A handout photo made available on 07 February 2017 by the Rakhine State Government office shows a pile of seized drugs at a police station in Maung Daw township, northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, 05 February 2017. Myanmar authorities arrested three Buddhist monks in Maung Daw township near the Bangladesh - Myanmar border after 4.24 million methamphetamine stimulant tablets have been seized. Police state that the drugs are worth 8,480 million Myanmar Kyats (around 6.19 million US dollars). EPA/RAKHINE STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICE HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Police are questioning the monk (Picture: EPA)

Asked about the case, the director general of the religious affairs ministry, Soe Min Tun, acknowledged some surprise.

‘It is not a very common case, but not impossible to happen. What will happen to the monk is that he will have to give up his monkhood right away and face trial as an ordinary person,’ he
said.

Police said they were still questioning the monk.

Last year, Burma officials seized 21 million methamphetamine pills with a street value of around $35.5 (£28.7 million) near the border with China in the biggest such seizure in recent memory

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Comment by GospelPan on February 10, 2017 at 7:14pm
Wow , a drug dealer monk or maybe we should call him The Godfather ...lol it's like all the religious leaders have lost their minds; if they're not pimps they are drug dealers. it's a sign of the times.

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