Alleged drug kingpin and fugitive arrested

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Police have arrested alleged cocaine kingpin and fugitive Mostafa Baluch after he was found hiding inside a Mercedes being transported on a truck travelling to Queensland.

Mr Baluch, 33, has been on the run since allegedly skipping bail on October 25 when he broke off his ankle monitor. He was last seen at Bayview, on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Mostafa Baluch, charged over his alleged role in a drug importation syndicate, was wanted for allegedly breaching bail.

Mostafa Baluch, charged over his alleged role in a drug importation syndicate, was wanted for allegedly breaching bail.

He was the subject of a domestic and international manhunt before Queensland Police stopped a truck as it crossed the border into Queensland, at Tweed Heads, about 1am on Wednesday.

“Officers searched the container on the back of the truck, where they located the 33-year-old man hiding inside a grey Mercedes,” NSW Police said in a statement.

Mr Baluch was arrested and taken to Southport watch house.

Organised crime squad detectives are travelling to Queensland to seek the man’s extradition to NSW when he appears at Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Mostafa Baluch, who has been on the run for more than two weeks, was arrested at the Queensland border.

Mostafa Baluch, who has been on the run for more than two weeks, was arrested at the Queensland border. Credit:NSW Police

Detective Superintendent Rob Critchlow said Mr Baluch’s arrest came after NSW Police received information from federal police that he was planning to cross the border in a truck.

“Queensland police … searched a number of vehicles and they found a truck with a container on the back which did appear to be suspicious, it wasn’t properly secured,” he told 2GB radio.

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