Tony Mokbel's infamous career as drug lord

LIFE AND TIMES OF DRUG LORD TONY MOKBEL

EARLY LIFE

Born Antonios Sajih Mokbel in Kuwait to Lebanese parents in 1965, his family migrated to Australia when he was eight.

He grew up in poverty in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

As a teenager, Mokbel started out at his brother's pizza shop but within six years became the head of a multi-million dollar drug empire.

EARLY CONVICTIONS

1980s - From the early 1980s, Mokbel was convicted of a variety of offences, including assaults, threats to kill, resisting arrest, possessing a gun.

1992 - Sentenced to 12 months for trying to bribe a County Court judge.

1998 - Convicted for amphetamine manufacturing.

DRUG TRIAL AND ESCAPE

2006

March 20 - Disappears during Victorian Supreme Court trial over the importation of 2kg of cocaine from Mexico to Melbourne.

March 31 - Mokbel sentenced in absentia to a minimum of nine years' jail for trafficking cocaine.

Mokbel hid in rural Bonnie Doon in Victoria for eight months before driving to Western Australia and fleeing on a yacht via the Suez Canal to Greece where he arrived on Christmas Eve, 2006.

2007

Feb 28 - Mokbel charged with the murder of gangland patriarch Lewis Moran, gunned down by two men in Melbourne in 2004. Mokbel is alleged to have ordered the hit on Moran for $140,000.

June - Police arrest him at a cafe in Athens

RETURN TO AUSTRALIA TO FACE JUSTICE

2008

May 17 - Mokbel lands at Melbourne Airport and is taken to Barwon Prison.

May 20 - Appears in court for the first time via video link from prison.

2009

April - A murder charge laid against Mokbel for the 2003 murder of Michael Marshall is dropped.

August - Trial begins for Mokbel over the murder of Lewis Moran.

September - Mokbel acquitted of murdering Moran.

2011

April - Mokbel pleads guilty to two counts of trafficking a large commercial quantity of drugs.

2012

July - Jailed for 30 years a with a minimum of 22 years after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges

2018

February 11 - left in a critical condition after being stabbed in Barwon Prison.