Police have discovered a stash of more than four million methamphetamine pills hidden within the Shwe Baho monastery in one of the most Buddhist nations in the world.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, currently has around 48 million practicing citizens, but on the flip side, is also one of Southeast Asia’s biggest narcotics producers. As well as Buddhism, the nation is known for exporting large quantities of opium, cannabis, and methamphetamine to surrounding countries.

A respected leader at a monastery located in the western town of Maungdaw, named Monk Arsara, was caught by Myanmar’s anti-drug task force whilst he was driving towards the Bangladesh border after they had received an anonymous tip off, according to recent reports. He was found transporting around 400,000 methamphetamine tablets together with hundreds of dollars worth of local currency. After he was intervened at the border, the police proceeded to visit the monk’s monastery where they discovered a further 4.2 million pills which had an estimated street worth of $4 million, together with a grenade and some other ammunition.

(by Jess Murray for Truth Theory)

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