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Still running the show: Notorious druglord Tony Mokbel is a major enforcer behind bars and even saved a teenage inmate from being brutally bashed by gangsters

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 9/02/2019 Kelsey Wilkie

The former crime boss Tony Mokbel has reportedly become a highly respected figure among fellow inmates, maintaining order behind bars.

Tony Mokbel looking at the camera © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Morkbel is serving a 30-year sentence for masterminding a drug trafficking empire after he was sent down in 2012.

The one-time drug kingpin is a peacekeeper in Victoria's Barwon Prison and recently saved a 19-year-old from being bashed behind bars, according to a new report.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Tony Mokbel has emerged as somewhat of a peacekeeper in Barwon Prison, after recently saving a 19-year-old from being bashed behind bars © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tony Mokbel has emerged as somewhat of a peacekeeper in Barwon Prison, after recently saving a 19-year-old from being bashed behind bars

The Sunday Herald Sun said an extortion racket was being run in the prison by Pacific Islanders who had targeted a young teen locked up on assault charges.

The teenager was being forced to pay $50 a month to the group or risk being assaulted.

When Mokbel received word of the extortion, he reportedly arranged for the men to be spoken to and the young man was immediately left alone.

a man standing in front of a building: As arguably one of the most infamous men in Australia's gangland wars, Mokbel was extradited from Athens, Greece after fleeing the country in 2006 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited As arguably one of the most infamous men in Australia's gangland wars, Mokbel was extradited from Athens, Greece after fleeing the country in 2006 'He's lost none of his power since being locked up,' an anonymous source told The Sunday Herald Sun.

'All he has to do is say the word, and people listen.'

As arguably one of the most infamous men in Australia's gangland wars, Mokbel was extradited from Athens, Greece after fleeing the country in 2006.

a close up of a man: He spent more than a year evading police after skipping bail during his trial for importing cocaine © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He spent more than a year evading police after skipping bail during his trial for importing cocaine He spent more than a year evading police after skipping bail during his trial for importing cocaine.

He fled after becoming aware of police investigating his possible links to gangland killings.

He was arrested 15 months after fleeing the country and extradited back to Australia to face trail


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