The alleged attacker who killed at least 36 people, including 24 children, in Thursday's massacre at a child care center in northeastern Thailand had been in court prior to the attack on a drug possession charge.
In an order issued on June 17, Thai Royal police said the alleged attacker, Panya Kamrab, had been suspended from police duty on Jan. 20 after "he was accused of committed serious disciplinary violation."
The investigation into Kamrab found that he had been prosecuted with the charge of possessing drugs illegally.
The Thai Royal Police also said he had admitted later he took the drugs yaba and ICE (crystal meth).
In an undated search of his residence, police found a tablet of yaba in his house.
Yaba is a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine, which is a tablet usually crushed and smoked. It’s known in Thailand as “crazy medicine.”
He was later charged with possession of a Category 1 Drug (yaba or methamphetamine).
Kamrab had been due to receive a verdict on Friday, the Thai Royal Police said after the attack.