Fugitive Baluch to appear in NSW court after being extradited from GC

The alleged drug kingpin who was caught trying to flee across the Queensland border and eventually out of the country has now been formally charged in Sydney.

33-year-old Mostafa Baluch has been charged with an outstanding arrest warrant after spending over two weeks on the run from NSW Police.

He was wanted for a breach of bail after he cut his ankle monitor off and disappeared from Bayview in Sydney’s Northern Beaches on October 25.


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Stike Force Jillabenan II was then established by Organised Crime Squad, with an investigation assisted by the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Border Force, the NSW Crime Commission, and interstate police.

Baluch was finally busted trying to sneak across the border checkpoints on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, November 10, where Queensland Police found him hiding in a car, in a shipping container, on the back of a truck.

NSW detectives applied for his extradition back to Sydney in a Southport court yesterday, which was granted.

Baluch was then escorted to Coolangatta Airport, before being flown by PolAir6 to Bankstown Airport.

He was immediately placed into custody and charged with an outstanding arrest warrant.

Baluch is wanted for his alleged involvement in a $270 million cocaine smuggling operation.

He was remanded in custody to front court today, Friday, November 12.