Comanchero bikie boss Mark Buddle fronts Melbourne court

Comanchero boss Mark Buddle has appeared in a court docket after being flown throughout Australia in chains to face two expenses for allegedly importing about $40million price of cocaine. 

The nation’s most needed man was apprehended by Australian Federal Police in Darwin on Tuesday after being deported from Turkey, the place he was arrested final month for visa points. 

Held behind protecting glass, Buddle appeared in particular person earlier than Magistrate Kieran Gilligan contained in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday. 

Comanchero boss Mark Buddle has appeared in a Melbourne court on drug charges

Comanchero boss Mark Buddle has appeared in a Melbourne court docket on drug expenses

Mark Buddle as he seemed in his Year 9 class in 1999

Mark Buddle was extradited from Darwin to Melbourne on Friday morning (pictured)

Mark Buddle was extradited from Darwin to Melbourne on Friday morning (pictured)

Such was the safety and secrecy concerning Buddle’s actions his look appeared to have caught even Commonwealth prosecutors off guard. 

Due up at 10.30am, court docket employees have been nonetheless attempting to trace a prosecutor 10 minutes after the bikie was due within the jail dock. 

When the prosecutor lastly arrived, Buddle was nowhere to be seen and wanted to introduced up from the jail cells deep under the stomach of the court docket.  

Buddle was represented in court docket by Sydney lawyer Stephen Zah, who made no utility for bail on behalf of his bikie shopper.

Dressed in gray, the bikie stated nothing throughout his brief look from behind the protecting glass. 

The bikie seemed mild years away from his look within the again row of the Year 9 photograph in 1999 at JJ Cahill Memorial High School in Mascot. 

The image, revealed within the Daily Telegraph on Friday, provided no indication of the depraved path the bikie would absorb life. 

Schoolmates described how Buddle was all the time a ‘very laborious man’. 

The court docket heard it should take federal brokers six weeks to compile their temporary of proof in opposition to Buddle, who was remanded in custody till his subsequent court docket date in November.  

After spending the previous few days in a cell, Buddle was flown from Darwin to Victoria on Friday morning, the place he’s accused of importing greater than $160kg of cocaine within the state’s capital metropolis in March, 2021. 

Footage launched by AFP confirmed at the very least 4 officers escorting the handcuffed 37-year-old throughout the tarmac and onto the aircraft, with two of the officers holding Buddle beneath every arm whereas urgent his again. 

After boarding, Buddle was shuffled down the aisle and thrust onto a seat whereas officers watched guard from neighbouring rows. 

Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan stated Buddle, who was the topic of an Interpol pink discover, stated Buddle touched down in Australia after Turkey made an ‘unbiased determination’ to deport him.

‘He was escorted by Turkish authorities by constitution flight to Darwin the place he was taken into AFP custody and arrested,’ Assistant Commissioner Ryan advised reporters at a press convention on Tuesday.

Buddle confronted court docket in Darwin on Tuesday, the place AFP utilized to have him extradited to Melbourne to face one rely of importing and one other of conspiracy to import a business amount of a border managed drug.

Each offence carries a most penalty of life imprisonment.

The AFP will allege that Operation Ironside South-Britannic linked the person to a transnational prison syndicate working out of Asia and Europe, which used devoted encrypted communications to coordinate the cargo of the cocaine from Hong Kong to Melbourne through Sydney.

Five individuals have been arrested in Australia in May 2021 beneath the identical operation.

Mark Buddle pictured with his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two kids Mel Ter Wisscha

Mark Buddle pictured along with his ex-girlfriend and the mom of his two children Mel Ter Wisscha

AFP officers escorted Buddle onto the charter flight to Victoria, where he is facing two drug importation charges

AFP officers escorted Buddle onto the constitution flight to Victoria, the place he’s going through two drug importation expenses 

AFP will allege Buddle imported 160kg of cocaine - which has a street value of about $40million into Melbourne in March 2021

AFP will allege Buddle imported 160kg of cocaine – which has a avenue worth of about $40million into Melbourne in March 2021

The AFP alleges that in mid-2021 it recognized Buddle because the sender of encrypted communications concerning the alleged cocaine import, main the AFP to launch Operation Gain-Orion to focus on his actions.

In October, AFP engaged with the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions in preparation to hunt a warrant for Buddle’s arrest, with a full temporary of proof submitted in January.

A Melbourne Magistrates Court issued an arrest warrant in relation to the alleged cocaine importation in mid-July, with an Interpol Red Notice put out days later.

Assistant Commissioner Ryan stated Buddle had been a goal of Operation Gain, a transnational off-shore disruption process pressure, since March 2021.

‘This is the primary time the AFP has publically revealed the existence of this taskforce, which targets Australia’s largest organised crime threats offshore, disrupts their prison actions and finally ensures these alleged criminals face prosecution,’ he stated.

‘Operation Gain harnesses the AFP’s in depth worldwide community, subtle capabilities, and Australian regulation enforcement companions, such because the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.’

Assistant Commissioner Ryan stated the AFP had robust international partnerships and lately hosted Turkish authorities in Canberra, the place essential intelligence was shared between companies.

Comanchero boss was taken into police custody in Darwin on Tuesday (pictured) after being deported from Turkey

Comanchero boss was taken into police custody in Darwin on Tuesday (pictured) after being deported from Turkey 

Mark Buddle pictured with his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two kids Mel Ter Wisscha

Mark Buddle pictured along with his ex-girlfriend and the mom of his two children Mel Ter Wisscha 

‘Australians who assume they will cover offshore in perceived protected havens peddling medication into Australian communities, destroying lives and making large income – take this as a warning – the AFP shall be relentless in our pursuit to make sure you face justice.’

Buddle turned chief of the notorious Comanchero gang in 2009 after the previous chief, Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi, was jailed for a deadly brawl at Sydney Airport.

He left Australia for Dubai in 2016 along with his glamorous long-time girlfriend Mel Ter Wisscha and their two youngsters.

The AFP alleges Buddle moved abroad to keep away from the scrutiny of Australian regulation enforcement.

Buddle then flitted between a variety of nations together with Greece, Turkey and Iraq earlier than settling within the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus the place he acquired a residency allow on the grounds his ‘excessive earnings’ would deliver wealth to the territory.

Australian authorities had been working tirelessly behind the scenes to extradite Buddle from Turkey.