Police investigating Thailand's Tiger Temple have found what they believe was a slaughterhouse and tiger holding facility used in a suspected animal trafficking network.

The discovery Tuesday is the latest in a growing scandal surrounding the Buddhist temple, which was a popular tourist attraction that charged admission for visitors to take photos with the tigers.

Police Col. Montri Pancharoen said officers, acting on a tip, raided a home about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the temple in Kanchanaburi province in western Thailand and found four live tigers, a dozen empty cages and what appeared to be a slaughterhouse.

Last week, authorities removed more than 137 live tigers from the temple and found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer and 20 more preserved in jars.