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The 33-year-old was caught travelling to Queensland at Tweed Heads about 1am this morning in a sting involving AFP, NSW and Queensland police.
There had been speculation Mr Baluch had fled the country in a private jet from Bankstown Airport in Sydney.
Police arrested Mr Baluch at his waterfront Bayview mansion in June on steroid charges but he was suspected to be involved in the biggest-ever plot to allegedly import cocaine into Sydney, including 900 kilograms seized off Ecuador.
Acting on information, Queensland Police stopped the truck as it tried to cross the border and searched a container being transported on the back.
Inside they found a grey Mercedes, with Mr Maluch in the boot.
He was arrested and taken to Southport Watch House in the Gold Coast.
NSW Organised Crime Squad detectives are now travelling to Queensland to seek Mr Baluch’s extradition when he appears at Southport Magistrates Court later today.
When did Mostafa Baluch allegedly skip bail?
October 25 is the key date.
NSW Police alleged between 6pm and 10pm Mr Baluch’s tracking device placed him at a restaurant in Newport.
But at 10.28pm the signal went dead, which informed police the anklet had allegedly been cut off.
The tracker was found on Cabbage Tree Road outside Bayview Golf Course in Mona Vale, on Sydney’s northern beaches.
He was last seen on Pittwater Road in Bayview around 10.40pm, with detectives believing he could be travelling in a Mercedes-Benz.