POLICE are currently searching for Simon Poole who escaped custody at the Beechworth Correctional Centre this afternoon.
The 47-year-old was serving a term of imprisonment for drug, firearm and deception related offences.
He has escaped the centre by unknown means sometime between 12.30pm and 4.15pm on 1 June.
Poole is approximately 170cm tall, of solid build, with short brown hair.
He was last seen wearing a green tracksuit pants and a white tee-shirt but may have been able to obtain different clothes since his escape.
Poole is previously known to have frequented the Wonthaggi, Ferntree Gully and Narre Warren South areas.
Police have released an image of Poole in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information on his current whereabouts.
He is not believed be violent however members of the public are advised not to approach Poole if he is sighted, but to contact triple-zero (000) immediately.
Those with other information that may be able to assist police find Poole should contact the Wodonga Criminal Investigation Unit on 02 6049 2700.