PHUKET: Police raiding a kratom den in Phang Nga last Friday ran into some serious monkey business when they discovered 19 caged macaques.

After receiving a tip that beverages made from the leaves of the illegal kratom tree were being brewed in a house in Takuapa, police moved in.

“Not only did officers find three men drinking a kratom beverage, two large vats of the illegal drink and 6kg of kratom leaves, but they also discovered 19 caged macaques,” said a Takuapa police officer.