Kingpins of the illicit narcotics trade in Southeast Asia have taken ‘drug running’ quite literally by concealing 176kg in the metal framework of treadmills bound for Japan, only to be busted in Thailand.

Police Major General Yingyot Thepchamnong, head of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, did the leg work in the case after a similar incident in Australia jogged his memory and he worked out that drugs could be in the workout gear.

“Last month, the Australian police busted a similar case with the drugs hidden in exercise equipment, which they told us was packaged and exported from Thailand,” he told Reuters. (RT)