Mostafa Baluch bound for Goulburn Supermax prison

“He will be transferred down there as soon as that quarantine period is over,” Mr Corcoran said.

Mr Corcoran said Mr Baluch had been designated an “extreme high-security inmate” the last time he was in custody in NSW, given his apparent capacity to organise an escape.

“We had already identified that this fellow was going to be an issue from a security perspective,” he said.

Arrested and charged in June for his alleged role in financing a 900-kilogram cocaine shipment from Ecuador, Mr Baluch successfully applied for bail on October 21 and vanished four days later.

His ankle monitor was removed around 10.40pm in Bayview on the northern beaches and a family property in Newport now stands to be forfeited after it was offered up as $4 million worth of surety in his bail application.

A wealthy restaurateur, Mr Baluch is accused of being a well-connected player in organised crime. Police allege he spoke to associates on the app An0m of having access to $30 million in personal funds and taking control of the local cocaine market before he was arrested, the Herald revealed last month.

His disappearance prompted criticism of the decision to grant him bail and Attorney-General Mark Speakman referenced the case in this week tasking a high-level government advisory group to examine bail laws for any issues.

Police believe Mr Baluch’s plan was to travel from Queensland to Thailand by boat before making his way to Europe, potentially Serbia, to join underworld associates.

If he had been successful in leaving Australia, repatriation could have been extremely difficult.


Police had searched dozens of trucks travelling from NSW into Queensland based on a tip from the Australian Federal Police – said to be based on information from a mysterious and advanced technical capability – that Mr Baluch might be hiding in one.

The truck driver, Jovanco “John” Kitanovski, has been charged with perverting the course of justice for allegedly aiding Mr Baluch’s escape bid.

Investigators have now turned their attention to a Liverpool-based trucking company formerly owned by Mr Kitanovski and now owned by his wife. Mary Kitanovski is not accused of involvement in the alleged activities of her husband.

Dozens of officers from NSW Police traffic and highway patrol and Transport for NSW swooped on Kit Bros Warehousing and Transport on Thursday and were observed inspecting vehicles and conducting compliance checks.

NSW Police Detective Superintendent Rob Critchlow, organised crime squad commander said officers were going through Kit Bros “with a fine-tooth comb”.

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