Local residents in Sirirat Road (between Patong and Karon) first noticed the monk, Phra Pairoth Jonsuwanno, 47, enter a house with the two Thai women, and reported the event to police.
When Kathu police arrived they found the two women, who admitted having sexual relations with the monk. Police also found ya ba (methamphetamine), ya ice (crystal methamphetamine), and drug-making equipment.
The three were arrested on drugs charges, and the monk’s urine test showed traces of the narcotics.
He was defrocked immediately for breaking the monk’s moral code, and the law.