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Thai police find tiger slaughter house in temple probe

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, a sedated tiger lies in a cage at the "Tiger Temple" in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand. Police investigating Thailand's now infamous Tiger Temple found on Tuesday, June 7 what they believe was a slaughter house and tiger holding facility used as part of the temple's suspected trafficking network. (AP Photo/File) THAILAND OUT

    FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, a sedated tiger lies in a cage at the "Tiger Temple" in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand. Police investigating Thailand's now infamous Tiger Temple found on Tuesday, June 7 what they believe was a slaughter house and tiger holding facility used as part of the temple's suspected trafficking network. (AP Photo/File) THAILAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, wildlife officials sedate a tiger at the "Tiger Temple" in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand. Police investigating Thailand's now infamous Tiger Temple found on Tuesday, June 7 what they believe was a slaughter house and tiger holding facility used as part of the temple's suspected trafficking network. (AP Photo, File) THAILAND OUT

    FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, wildlife officials sedate a tiger at the "Tiger Temple" in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand. Police investigating Thailand's now infamous Tiger Temple found on Tuesday, June 7 what they believe was a slaughter house and tiger holding facility used as part of the temple's suspected trafficking network. (AP Photo, File) THAILAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

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.