Simone Farrow, the former Penthouse Pet and Ed Hardy swimsuit model accused of heading an international drug ring, was arrested last week in Australia after being on the run since February.
Simone Farrow, who had skipped out on a $150,000 bail paid by friends, was caught at a Golden Coast hotel in Queensland, Australia, on Wednesday and extradited to Sydney.
The 37-year-old Aussie, who claims to have had “relationships with numerous underworld figures,” told the Sunday Telegraph.
A successful bikini model also accused of international drug dealing was caught in Australia last week. Simone Farrow, who once posed for Ed Hardy’s swimsuit line and was featured in Penthouse magazine, was on the run after skipping out on $150,000 bail that was paid in February by two friends.
The 37-year-old blonde’s troubles began in 2009 in Hollywood where Drug Enforcement Administration officials raided her apartment, claiming to find evidence that she masterminded an international crystal meth ring Australian cops busted the fugitive model again last Wednesday.
Farrow’s hideout on the Australia’s Gold Coast was described as a “cheap hotel” by the Sunday Telegraph.
She was extradited by flight to Sydney where she arrived crying. She told reporters that she was on the lam because her life was in danger.
“The only reason I’ve done this is because someone was trying to murder me,” Farrow said, adding that she’s had “relationships with numerous underworld figures.”
“I wasn’t trying to flee the country at all,” she said. “I was trying to protect myself from being killed or harmed.” Authorities claim she used 19 aliases and concealed meth in packages of bath salts that were shipped Down Under from the U.S. One member of the supposed trafficking network committed suicide in California after being contacted by U.S. investigators, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Australian authorities now insist that behind that high-fashion facade, Farrow was leading a double life trafficking high-grade crystal meth, hiding them in shipments of bath salts. “It’s not uncommon in the modeling and entertainment industry,” former special agent Brad Garrett told ABC News.
“If your skill set doesn’t take you any place else, where’s it going to take you? A quick buck would be distributing methamphetamine. It tells me that she was not that sophisticated, and she may be desperate for money.” Investigators are saying that Simone Farrow was the brains behind the “ongoing criminal enterprise,” which they purport involved at least seven people.