‘Classic Manhunt’ for Sydney Bail Captain | Gloucester lawyer
A “massive” manhunt is underway for a “very dangerous” man who cut his ankle bracelet and fled after posting a $ 4 million bond.
Police say Mostafa Baluch, a 33-year-old man from northern Sydney beaches, is among the highest echelons of organized crime and poses a risk to the public.
He was arrested in June on charges of being part of a conspiracy to import more than 900 kg of cocaine into Australia.
He was held until last Friday when he was released on bail after posting a $ 4 million property on bail.
It was a condition of his bail that he wears an electronic monitor.
On Monday evening, the monitor stopped working, which made the police understand that he had fled.
Detective Superintendent Rob Critchlow, who is the NSW Police Organized Crime Squad commander, said on Tuesday it was a “safe bet” that Baluch would try to leave the state and might even flee to the foreigner.
“This man is a very dangerous offender,” Superintendent Critchlow told reporters.
“The allegations he faces indicate that he was involved in the highest levels of organized crime and that he poses a risk to the Australian community and possibly now the global community.”
Although he gave up multimillion dollar property, police believe he has “more resources than that,” the detective said.
Baluch was last seen at Pittwater Rd in Bayview on the North Beaches just before 11pm Monday.
NSW Police are now conducting a “classic manhunt” using informants and covert surveillance, and are working with Australian Federal Police and interstate agencies.
It is a “massive undertaking” but necessary because of the risk posed by Baluch, Superintendent Critchlow said.
They have suspicions about its location and no longer believe it to be on the northern beaches.
Members of the public are asked to call the triple zero if they see Baluch.
He is around 180cm tall, is muscular, has a Mediterranean / Middle Eastern appearance and has black hair, brown eyes and is unshaven, they say.
Baluch was arrested in connection with the raids on AN0M’s crypto apps and initially charged with drug trafficking and possession offenses.
He was slapped on a drug importation charge later in June and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Police say they have amassed strong evidence to prove their charge against him.
The state has already initiated proceedings to seize the $ 4 million in property it had deposited as part of its bond.
Associated Australian Press