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Source: The West Australian.

A prominent Perth fashion designer charged with possessing almost $800,000 of drugs has allegedly fled the country and is now the target of an international hunt.

Benjamin Woodcock, the creator of internationally lauded label Illionaire, did not turn up in court yesterday and his lawyer admitted he did not know where Mr Woodcock was.

A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Det-Sgt Jason Blaine said Mr Woodcock had not been seen by police since October 1, despite bail conditions that required him to report to police three times a week.

Police have notified Interpol that they are searching for him.

Mr Woodcock, 30, handed his Australian passport to authorities when he was released on bail but police believe he has escaped overseas.

He was charged with possession of methylamphetamines with intent to sell or supply in August after he was allegedly caught with more than half a kilogram of the drug.

Det-Sgt Blaine said it would be alleged the fashion designer had 520g of drugs hidden in his underwear when detectives pulled him over in his mother’s silver BMW in Maylands on Thursday, August 19.

Police allege the drugs were 30 per cent pure and police said they would have been worth about $780,000 when cut for sale.

Western suburbs detectives had been investigating Mr Woodcock’s activities amid allegations he was dealing drugs in the area.

Mr Woodcock created Illionaire as a youthful, unisex brand in 2006.

He and his partners launched the label at Australian Fashion Week in 2007, participating in the New Generation designer showcase.

The following year they presented their first individual show in Sydney.

Illionaire’s men’s and women’s collections have been sold in boutiques around Australia as well as in Europe, America and Japan.

Mr Woodcock travelled extensively for work but it is understood he had recently moved in with his mother in Perth.

His mother put up the $75,000 surety in August when he was granted bail after his arrest.

But this month she applied to the court to withdraw the surety and Mr Woodcock was ordered to appear to have his bail conditions changed.

He did not appear to address the change in bail and also missed a scheduled appearance in Perth Magistrate’s Court yesterday on the drug-dealing charge.

Prosecuting Sgt Bob Morgan told Magistrate Libby Woods that Mr Woodcock had “decamped the country”.

Magistrate Woods issued a warrant for Mr Woodcock’s arrest.

Outside court, Mr Woodcock’s lawyer Stephen McGrath said he did not know where his client was and was concerned for his safety.
Police are also investigating the possibility a family member was helping him to avoid capture and set up a life outside Australia.

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ILLIONAIRE is now housed throughout Europe represented under showrooms based in Milan, Denmark & London. ILLIONAIRE is non exclusively sold throughout Paris, New York, Japan and the Emirates and has recently appointed a London based publicist.

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