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No bolthole in Dubai for Melbourne drug kingpin after visa cancelled

Oueida was forced to return briefly to Melbourne, before relocating to an island in south-east Asia.

Once referred to as “the new Tony Mokbel” by a judge, Oueida has long been a target of state and federal law enforcement agencies, while also in the cross-hairs of rival Middle-Eastern gangs in Melbourne’s north-west.

In 2011, the former member of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang was charged with trafficking and manufacturing drugs, after a 15-month investigation, codenamed Operation Rossa, that included the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.

He had offered to sell 1.5 million ecstasy tablets for $7.50 each to an undercover AFP officer, after already selling significant quantities of ice and speed to the agent.

Police alleged in court that Oueida had $6 million in a Swiss bank account, a light plane, a Ferrari 360 Spider, and suspected property and business interests in Lebanon, the Solomon Islands, Abu Dhabi and Pakistan.

His former $2.8 million mansion had its own eight-hole golf course.

Mohammed Oueida was shot after leaving Coburg Mosque in April 2017.

Mohammed Oueida was shot after leaving Coburg Mosque in April 2017.Credit:Penny Stephens

At the time, Oueida was also a director of his own airline company and a Halal meat factory, which police believe were used to launder criminal proceeds.

He was sentenced to 8½ years with a non-parole period of 5½ years, but continued to run his empire from behind bars.

While in the Acacia Unit of Barwon Prison, Oueida was recorded by Corrections Victoria’s intelligence unit organising debt collections and a possible hit with a member of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang.

The incident was investigated but no further action was taken.

Upon his release in December 2016, Oueida soon found trouble.

In April 2017, after attending lunchtime prayers at the Coburg Islamic Centre, he suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen when a gunman leant out of the passenger window of a silver BMW and fired several shots.

Apparently unperturbed, he sent a text message to his assailant within hours of the attack.

“Hey dog lucky you c–ts are shit shots lol,” he stated.

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It was not the first time, Oueida had been shot.

In 2009, he was part of a ”posse” that included Fadi Haddara, Nasser Kheir and Mahmoud Kheir, which had attempted to rescue a kidnap victim from being tortured in a house north of Melbourne.

Oueida and both Kheirs were wounded during the gun battle which erupted outside the Coolaroo house.

Last month, the royal commission into police use of informers was told Nicola Gobbo’s police handlers had been warned she was trying to “suck information” on police technology and procedures to feed back to Oueida’s criminal network.

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