Three Buddhist monks have been arrested in Burma after authorities found more than four million methamphetamine pills in one of their cars and in their monastery, police said on Tuesday.
Daily Mail reports that that one of the monks, named Arsara, was stopped on Sunday as he drove in northern Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh, Officer Maung Maung Yin said.
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 Toyota Kluger.
A subsequent search of his monastery turned up 4.2 million pills along with a grenade and ammunition.
In total, three Buddhist monks were arrested: Arsara also known as Min Naing, Pyin Nyar Nanda also known as Aye Lwin, and Khone Na La also known as Thein Shwe.
Burma is a major producer of methamphetamine, usually smuggled from the northeast to neighboring countries. It is also the world’s second biggest producer of opium, from which heroin is derived.