Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a teen for disguising himself as a Buddhist monk and collecting alms to fund his drug addiction.
San Chanthol, a police officer with Sen Sok district police, identified the accused as Yuon Loh, 19, from Siem Reap province.
Mr Chanthol said he was yesterday charged with drug use and unauthorised wearing of Buddhist robes, noting he faces six months to three years imprisonment if convicted. Mr Chanthol said that on Saturday at about 7am, the teen walked from house to house in Sen Sok district collecting alms from villagers, earning at least $10.
Mr Chanthol said while raising funds from villagers, the accused claimed that he was collecting the funds to pay for the construction of a temple in Siem Reap province.
But after raising the money, the accused bought two small packages of crystal methamphetamine, Mr Chanthol said.
He added that after buying the drugs, the suspect travelled by a motorbike taxi to a guesthouse in Teuk Thla commune to smoke the drugs.
While smoking, the guesthouse cleaner saw him and reported him to the guesthouse owner, who in turn reported him to local police.
“He was caught while smoking drugs,” he said.
After his arrest, police confiscated a package of drugs along with drug related materials from him, he added. Police also confiscated the Buddhist robes as well as other materials used by monks.