Police believe alleged cocaine kingpin Mostafa Baluch, who’s been on the run since skipping bail last month, is still hiding in NSW.
Two Sydney homes were raided on Thursday night as part of national and international efforts to find Mr Baluch after he broke off his ankle monitor on October 25, days after being released on strict bail conditions while facing serious drugs charges.
Police found more than $250,000 cash, about 200 grams of cocaine, 485 grams of an unknown substance, mobile phones and an electronic money counter following raids at Potts Hill and Yagoona, in south-west Sydney, on Thursday night.
Investigators believe the properties were safe houses used for a criminal syndicate.
Detective Superintendent Rob Critchlow said the hunt for Mr Baluch was going “very well” and officers believe the man remains in NSW.
“We discovered not our crook, but a whole lot of money,” he told radio station 2GB on Friday morning.
“[Mr Baluch’s] departure has made us really focus on this group and a lot of people are going to get locked up as a result of our investigations.”
Superintendent Critchlow said police believe they are “pretty close behind” the fugitive.
“We’re putting a lot of pressure on people who know him, and it’s going very, very well,” he said.