Monk arrested over meth pills in monastery

400,000 drug pills were found in the monk's vehicle, with millions more discovered at a monastery

Monk arrested over meth pills in monastery

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A Buddhist monk has been arrested following the discovery of over 4 million meth pills at a monastery in Myanmar.

According to the Hindustan Times, the monk- named Arsara - is in custody after police discovered hundreds of thousands of the tablets in his car as he was driving from Shwe Baho village in the town of Maungdaw in Rakhine state bordering Bangladesh.

AFP reports that 400,00 pills were initially discovered in the vehicle, before another 4.2 million pills were found during a later raid at the Monastery.

Myanmar is one of the world’s top narcotics-producing nations, churning out huge quantities of methamphetamines as well as opium and cannabis.

The meth pills are hugely popular across Asia - last year police confiscated a record 98 million stimulant tablets, nearly double the 50 million seized in 2015.

Drug prosecutions also jumped around 50% from 2015 to 13,500, which police said reflected the growth in the local drug trade.