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Police seize black Range Rover owned by Mostafa Baluch in hopes GPS data will lead them to fugitive

The black Range Rover owned by an alleged drug kingpin known as 'Australia's Pablo Escobar' may be what stops the fugitive in his tracks as police hope GPS data from the luxury vehicle will reveal his next move. 

Mostafa Baluch allegedly cut off his ankle monitor and fled from his home on Sydney's northern beaches just three days after he was granted bail.

A manhunt is underway for the 33-year-old with police hoping GPS data from his black 2015 Range Rover Vogue SE will lead them to the fugitive.  

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirmed the luxury vehicle - which has the Queensland registration plate 861CU3 - was in police custody. 

A manhunt is underway for Mostafa Baluch with police hoping GPS data from his black 2015 Range Rover Vogue SE (pictured) will lead them to the fugitive

Mostafa Baluch allegedly cut off his ankle monitor and fled for parts unknown from his home on Sydney's northern beaches just three days after he was granted bail

'We have seized the black Range Rover for examination, we will look at the GPS, and other data and cameras around our state,' he told Sydney radio 2GB  on Thursday.

'There was intelligence that perhaps he had flown out of Bankstown but that doesn’t appear to be correct, there is also intelligence he is travelling south towards Victoria so we have police on high alert'. 

The commissioner urged community to keep an eye out for the fugitive and said authorities were working on two to three different leads.  

Police released an image of Baluch travelling in the 'escape car' - which retails for $225,000 brand new - on Pittwater Road Bayview at around 10:30pm on Monday. 

He was later seen reportedly flying down the M4 Motorway near Croydon - 50 minutes' drive from his house - about 2.30am - with two others in the car.  

 Detectives have made a public appeal for dashcam footage that could help identify the movements of the Range Rover (not pictured)

Detectives have made a public appeal for dashcam footage that could help identify the movements of the Range Rover.  

It comes as the sister of the alleged drug kingpin has claimed he could have been kidnapped and 'doesn't have a cent to his name' 

Wagma Baluch has dismissed suggestions her brother had escaped on a private jet but admitted he didn't seem 'mentally well' in the days before his disappearance.  

'How do we know that he's not kidnapped?' Ms Baluch told The Australian.

'I just hope that he's somewhere safe and I really hope that no one's hurt him.'

Another family member described his location as the 'million-dollar question'.

Wagma Baluch (pictured) has dismissed suggestions her brother had escaped on a private jet but admitted he didn't seem 'mentally well' in the days before his disappearance.

The family of an alleged drug kingpin who is on the run have held crisis talks on the balcony of the sprawling home where he was last seen

'We all want to know. We're all a working family,' the relative said. 'Everyone is grieving, reputation is on the line.' 

Police allege the fugitive was the sole financier of a shipment of cocaine with an estimated street value of at least $AUD270million. 

Baluch is now facing life in prison accused of masterminding a drug importation syndicate the likes of which NSW Police has 'never seen before'.

The 33-year-old was granted bail on Friday despite opposition from police that he posed too great a risk to the community and vanished three days later. 

His strict bail conditions included not leaving his Bayview home except to report to Mona Vale police station and offering the property, worth an estimated $4million, as surety.  

Detective Superintendent Rob Critchlow, head of NSW Police organised crime, alleged Baluch was offering money to criminal networks to fly him out of the state.

The last sighting of Baluch shows CCTV footage of him flying down Pittwater Road near Bayview in his black Range Rover at around 10:30pm that evening

Baluch pictured outside his home in Mona Vale on Monday hours before the international drug lord disappeared - with authorities fearing he's left NSW on a plane

'But we do believe that he is still in Australia,' he said.

It is not clear where he might've travelled, but an international manhunt is underway.

Baluch was arrested as part of the international AN0M raids, and has since been described as 'Australia's Pablo Escobar'.

In October 2020, the US Navy intercepted a boat off the coast of Colombia with 870kg of cocaine on board. In April 2020, a second boat was intercepted with 900kg of cocaine near Ecuador. 

Officers determined both shipments were destined for Australia as part of a conspiracy to supply 3,000kg in total to NSW - more cocaine than NSW residents buy in an entire year.

The estimated street value is potentially $900million.

Police Minister David Elliott (pictured) said police involved in the case were 'devastated' and he was furious Baluch had been granted bail

Police Minister David Elliott said police involved in the case were 'devastated' and he was furious Baluch had been granted bail.

'To say that I'm infuriated would be an understatement... Because quite frankly this guy was our Pablo Escobar,' he told Sydney radio 2GB on Wednesday.

'I'm starting to get sick of these magistrates and judges. They don't consider the danger which police present to them and I don't think they're reflecting the sentiment of the community they're there to serve.

'I'm sick of having to remind the legal fraternity that we're not dealing with parking tickets, we're dealing with international drug lords who are associated with terrorism, kidnapping and prostitution, but more importantly want our kids to take drugs that will kill them.' 

Commissioner Mick Fuller said authorities couldn't underestimate Baluch's criminal reach or his ability to evade law enforcement as the search enters its fourth day.