Responding to complaints and drug-purchase clips from villagers, local authorities arrested Phra Prasong Analyo, the abbot of Wat Dong Phong in Ban Bongteenoi village of Wang Krajae sub-district in Sai Yok district.
At the time of the arrest, the abbot was apparently high on drug and his urine test showed a trace of drug abuse.
Authorities also saw on his mobile phone many pornographic video clips and clips of the abbot buying methamphetamine from dealers.
Besides, authorities found drug tools — an air gun and pellets — in his residence at the Buddhist temple but they did not see illicit drugs.
The abbot admitted to his drug abuse and purchases from a trafficker in Wang Krajae. He was then brought to a ceremony to leave monkhood.
The 41-year-old Prasong Sirirojlohachai had been the abbot at Wat Dong Phong for three years.