Fugitive arrested in Far North Queensland after 12 years on the run

A notorious fugitive on the run from police for 12 years over an alleged conspiracy to commit murder has been arrested in Far North Queensland.

Graham Potter, 64, was found around 8.45am today at a Ravenshoe residence, approximately two hours drive south-west of Cairns.

Potter failed to appear in a Melbourne court in February 2010, where he was due to face two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and serious drug distribution charges.

Graham Potter, one of the country’s most wanted fugitives, has been arrested after 12 years on the run. (QPS)

“He was bailed on those offences but absconded prior to being presented in court,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Mick Frewen from Victoria Police’s Crime Command said.

Potter had previously been described as Australia’s most wanted man.

Mr Frewen described Potter as a “drug trafficker of significance” and a “violent person”, previously convicted of homicide charges in NSW.

“The resolve to find Graham has not wavered,” he said.

Graham Potter was arrested at a property in Far North Queensland. (QPS)

In 2011, Potter narrowly evaded arrest after fleeing from police during a random vehicle intercept in Tully.

“We’d had a number of false starts,” Mr Frewen said.

“The hunt has continued right across Australia with multiple agencies, particularly Queensland Police and the AFP.”

He added Potter’s arrest today was owing to a tip-off from a member of the public, who spotted the 64-year-old at the Ravenshoe home.

Graham Potter was wanted for conspiracy to commit murder in Victoria, after failing to attend court 12 years ago. (QPS)

Detectives, uniformed police and the Dog Squad swooped on the Ascham Street property this morning to take Potter into custody.

“Police found him hiding inside the home address,” Mr Frewen said.

“We’ve confirmed it is Graham.

“There is no doubt about his identity and it puts an end to a decades-long hunt for a known fugitive charged with very serious crimes.”

Detectives from Victoria will travel to Far North Queensland, from where Potter will be extradited.

He is due to appear in Mareeba Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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