Dashing $260M ‘cocaine cowboy’ who put his whole life on social media arrested Tuesday in Melbourne Australia
He rode around in helicopters, a Cobra sports car and a bikini model girlfriend were all part of the glamorous life
Though hiding in plain sight, Mohr actually was a member of Australia’s largest cocaine cartelI
Allegedly conspired to import 1,100 pounds of cocaine on a boat, estimated street value $187.2 million from South America into Australia
Facing life time in prison, if convicted
Mohr and his glamorous bikini model girlfriend
On the surface 42-year-old Darren Mohr led a charmed life, right in the lap of luxury. His life, documented on social media showed a fit, muscled jet-setter, enjoying the finer things of life. A glamorous bikini girlfriend hanging on his arm, boats, helicopter rides, tooling around in a Cobra super sports car were all part of the glamorous image caught on Instagram of the former cafe owner
The aura created by tattooed , viral Mohr’s of his glittering lifestyle, documented on social media, shows him hiding in plain sight, living it up at exclusive locations, flying around in a helicopter, at a yacht club during the Monaco Grand Prix, and posing with luxury cars, his girlfriend and his pet dog and macaw. Authorities say his girlfriend is not part of the 16-man drug ring.
Darren Mohr is taken into custody in Sydney, Tuesday
But the facade Mohr had carefully cultivated of his dream life came to crashing to a halt when he was arrrested in Sydney, on Tuesday.
Mohr, who once owned a cafe which was featured on a hit reality show, is one of 15 men now in custody after police uncovered 600 kg of cocaine on a boat in Sydney’s Parsley Bay.
If convicted, all the men potentially face life imprisonment for the alleged plot to import $187.2 [AU $260] million worth of cocaine from South America.
The Daily Telegraph reports that law enforcement became aware of the illicit drug importation scheme in 2014. Acting on a tipoff, authorities set up a 30-month long surveillance on the cartel members at more than a hundred meetings in Sydney cafes and parks, firming up their plan.
According to the Daily Telegraph the intense investigation sometimes had more than a dozen police officers watch key players using encrypted BlackBerries and talking in code as they discussed logistics of the drug run..
Police claim the drug cartel was bringing the cocaine in from Chile via Tahiti and was using fishing trawlers based at the Sydney Fish Market.
The muscle-bound Mohr had a love affair with Instagram postings
The arrest of the 16 men, all in their 40s, 50s and 60s, began on Christmas Day and continued for three days thereafter in Sydney, Queensland and Tasmania.
Cops monitoring the cartel allege that in the surveillance, the cartel members discussed the logistics – map locations, recruits, drug finance and the movement of fishing vessels to transport the narcotics.
Police arrested 15 Australians including former rugby league player John Tobin, commercial fisherman Joe Pirello, businessman Richard Lipton, fisherman Stuart Ayrton and a New Zealand citizen, Graham Toa Toa.
The cartel reportedly planned to send out Sydney-based fishing trawlers to meet a larger vessel carrying the drugs from Chile. Investigators said the interception of a 32kg shipment of cocaine earlier in Fiji, did not deter the tenacious group. Instead they further conspired to import three shipments between 400 kg – 500 kg of cocaine from South America.
The suspects are sceduled to next appear in a Sydney court in March