Five blokes have been arrested after pretending to be monks to fund their drug habits.
The men were arrested in the Rayong province of Thailand and have been described by local outlets as Cambodian border hoppers.
The five phoney monks were taken into custody in Khao Bo Thong in the Klaeng on Friday morning (October 7).
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It is understood more were involved however many escaped, evading authorities and detention.
Initial reports from citizens claimed the men had not been behaving in ways becoming of monks, prompting suspicion.
The monks drew the attention of local people when they refused the usual gifts like food and water they tried to give them.
They noticed that the "monks" were only interested in money and weren’t looking for any other kind of donation.
Police approached the mountainside temple but were spotted by the men who fled, climbing the mountain and into hiding.
Police estimated that they thought there were around 10 men involved in total.
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Police asked the remaining men for certification, which they dutifully failed to provide, prompting officers to take them for further questioning.
Interrogation found the men had crossed the border from Cambodia illegally.
Two of the men were found to be on drugs. They admitted they had taken methamphetamine which they bought for the equivalent of 96p per dose.
According to Pattaya News they had crossed the border a decade ago and had been living this way ever since. The men have since been ejected from the monastery.
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