Police in Queensland have launched body-camera video displaying the dramatic second alleged drug smuggler and fugitive Mostafa Baluch was discovered hiding in a transport container on the again of a truck whereas making an attempt to cross the border from New South Wales.
- Bodycam video launched by Queensland Police exhibits the fugitive being arrested
- Police seized cellphones and a a number of giant bundles of banknotes
- Mostafa Baluch is anticipated to face an extradition listening to this morning
Two cops may be seen unbolting the door of the transport container and calling out, “Armed police, armed police!”
One officer is then heard shouting “Palms up, arms up within the automotive!”
“He is proper there,” one other police officer calls out.
Investigators from Queensland’s crime and intelligence command had been checking vans crossing the border following a tip-off.
The truck carrying the transport container was stopped at a border checkpoint on the Gold Coast Freeway at Bilinga.
Police described how officers tapped on the facet of the container and have been astonished to listen to somebody tapping again.
“There was a knock on the facet of the truck and he knocked again so he was a bit shocked after we discovered him,” mentioned Detective Superintendent Rob Critchlow from NSW Police.
Mostafa Baluch was arrested within the early hours of Wednesday morning.(Provided: NSW Police)
Within the video, the alleged drug smuggler, sporting a darkish t-shirt and shorts, is seen being handcuffed to a police officer earlier than sitting on the facet of the street.
The video then cuts to a police officer opening the zip of a black sports activities bag and eradicating a number of bundles of banknotes, that are positioned right into a plastic proof bag.
Police mentioned additionally they seized a lot of cell telephones.
Police say they discovered Mr Baluch in a Mercedes that was on the again of a truck.(Provided: NSW Police)
The ultimate shot on the video exhibits police looking out the gray Mercedes four-wheel-drive, through which Mr Baluch had allegedly been hiding.
The accused drug trafficker is anticipated to face an extradition listening to on the Gold Coast this morning following his re-arrest.
Organised crime detectives from NSW arrived in Queensland final evening and can formally apply for the extradition of Mr Baluch when he seems at Southport Magistrates Court docket.
A lawyer performing for Mr Baluch yesterday requested for extra time to think about the fabric earlier than the courtroom forward of the extradition listening to.
NSW Police wish to extradite Mostafa Baluch after he was captured in Queensland yesterday.(Provided: Fb)
The 33-year-old spent a second evening within the Southport Watch Home.
His discovery marked the tip of a 17-day manhunt involving police forces from 4 states.
Mr Baluch was charged in June with trying to smuggle 900 kilograms of cocaine into the nation.
He was granted bail final month after complaining a couple of lack of entry to his legal professionals in custody.
4 days later, he vanished from his house on Sydney’s northern seashores after allegedly reducing off his digital ankle monitoring bracelet.
Police say a easy knock helped discover Baluch
Mostafa Baluch had evaded authorities for a number of weeks — in the long run, police say they used one thing quite simple to find the alleged drug smuggler.
The motive force of the truck has been charged with aspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Jovanco Kitanovski, 46, from Yowie Bay, informed police he did not know that Mr Baluch was a wished fugitive.
He was refused bail at Grafton Native Court docket with the Justice of the Peace noting the seriousness of the costs and former bail breaches recorded towards Mr Kitanovski.
The truck has been seized and shall be combed for proof by forensic consultants.