Greek Australian fugitive, Jim Soukoulis, who is wanted over serious drug charges, is believed to be using false identity documents to evade capture, the Herald Sun has reported.
The 55-year-old was extradited to Victoria in mid-2017, when he was charged over an alleged plot to import 255kg of methamphetamine from California to Australia via light aircraft.
He was bailed once he arrived in Melbourne and lived in the suburb of South Melbourne. He fled to an unknown location while on bail in November 2019.
It has now been one year since a warrant for his arrest was issued and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is leading the manhunt for Soukoulis.
AFP detective, Superintendent Geoffrey Turner, told the Herald Sun it was suspected he may have access to false identity documents.
“We are urging the community to look closely at the photographs of this man’s face and his tattoos,” Superintendent Turner told the media outlet.
“He could be hiding anywhere in Australia – in your suburb, in your neighbourhood or next door.
“Do you have a new neighbour, someone you have met or known only recently who keeps to themselves (not withstanding COVID-19 restrictions), or reveals very little anything about himself?”
Superintendent Turner has urged anyone with information to come forward.
“We know people can change their appearance – their hair or grow a beard to try to mask their appearance when aiming to evade law enforcement,” Superintendent Turner said.
“We hope by drawing attention to his distinctive tattoos, this will help people in the community identify him and his whereabouts.
“He has a Capricorn star sign on his left chest, a Taurus bull on his right chest and Greek mythology figure Medusa on his back.”
Anyone with information about Soukoulis should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Source: The Sun Herald.