An Australian man is facing drug trafficking charges in Thailand after doctors discovered 60 condoms filled with hashish in his stomach.

For now, though, 51-year-old John Paul Jones is in critical condition.

Friends dropped him off at a hospital in southern Thailand after he complained of stomach pains. X-rays showed three of the drug packets had burst. Altogether, the 60 condoms contained a pound and a-half of hashish.

Police say the friends who dropped him off have disappeared.