OFF THE WIRE
A Sydney man with links to the Comancheros bikie gang is the latest addition to the NSW Police Force's Most Wanted list.
Hakan Ayik, 31, who is also known as Hakan Avik and Joseph Ayuk, is wanted following the issuing of three arrest warrants for charges relating to the supply of a large quantity of heroin in Sydney.
Investigations uncovered a multi-million dollar crime syndicate with more than 28kg of heroin seized as a result of Operation Hoffman.
The heroin had an estimated potential street value of $32 million.
The warrants were issued for Ayik's arrest for alleged offences relating to the seizure as well as the supply of a further 174kg of the drug allegedly imported into the country with a potential street value of close to $200 million.
Ayik left Australia in February 2010 and arrived in Korea in July that year.
"He was arrested in Cyprus in late 2010 and was granted bail however, his whereabouts have been unknown since," Detective Sergeant Gary Lowe said.
Police are now urging anyone who knows his whereabouts, or has any information, to come forward.
Ayik is described as being of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean appearance, 175cm to 180cm tall, of solid and muscular build, with an olive complexion, brown eyes and black hair.
Detectives are also reminding the public that any person who may know of Mr Ayik's whereabouts, or who may be involved in helping him avoid authorities, could face charges of hindering a police investigation.
Operation Hoffman, comprising officers from NSW Police, Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission, was established in 2009 to investigate drug importation and money laundering.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, with all information being treated in the strictest confidence.