Bikies go on the hunt for jailed Comanchero boss Mark Buddle’s hidden millions after his arrest over alleged $40million cocaine shipment caused rift in the gang
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Bikie associates are combing through the Middle East and Europe trying to find the hidden millions and assets belonging to Comanchero boss Mark Buddle.
Buddle is currently on remand in a Victorian jail where he faces drug charges and allegations of trying to import $40million worth of cocaine.
It comes after he spent years hiding overseas and building his empire before he was eventually caught by authorities in Turkey and extradited to Australia in August.
Associates fear his empire and assets will crumble in his absence prompting them to launch a treasure hunt of sorts to try and recover them.
Bikie associates are combing through the Middle East and Europe trying to find the hidden millions and assets belonging to Comanchero boss Mark Buddle (pictured, Buddle with ex Mel Ter Wisscha)
Buddle is currently on remand in a Victorian jail where he faces drug charges and allegations of trying to import $40million worth of cocaine (pictured, Buddle with Allan Meehan)
He is believed to own a luxury $1.5million apartment at the Sapphire Tower, in Istanbul, villas in the Turkish holiday town of Bodrum, and several assets in Dubai.
Buddle is also understood to have shares in a tourism operator and several fuel companies in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus.
The search for his assets has already taken a turn with his associates understood to have ‘lost the key’ to his Sapphire Tower apartment, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The search comes as fractures reportedly grow within the Comanchero bikie gang between associates loyal to Buddle and those following drug lord Hakan Ayik.
Ayik is allegedly still active in Turkey along with Duax Ngakuru, 42.
Ngakuru, the international head and ‘Supreme Commander’ of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang, was reportedly arrested in Turkey on Sunday.
His arrest is the latest in a string of captures linked to the encrypted AN0M app with authorities warning Ngakuru’s good friend Ayik could be next.
Australia’s most wanted alleged drug kingpin, Hakan Ayik, who is now based in Turkey
The Comancheros bikie boss Duax Ngakuru (pictured right) was reportedly arrested last week in Turkey
Ayik and Ngakuru went to school together at James Cook Boys Technology High School in the southern Sydney suburb of Kogarah and have been photographed together in Turkey.
A selfie taken of the pair in 2020 showed them outside the Kings Cross Hotel in Istanbul.
The hotel is owned by Ayik and is allegedly the headquarters of the ‘Aussie Cartel’, a group with links to the Comancheros.
The selfie was posted on the encrypted app AN0M, which was supposed to let participants speak freely but was in fact set up by the FBI and monitored by the AFP.
AFP assistant commissioner Nigel Ryan warned any alleged crime figures would be tracked down no matter where they are.