The former international swimsuit model who allegedly ran an international drug trafficking ring out of her Hollywood apartment was arrested in Australia after skipping out on bail over a month ago, according to Yahoo News.
Reports by the Drug Enforcement Agency as well as Australian police indicate that Simone Farrow, the former face of Ed Hardy bikinis, used 19 different aliases to ship methamphetamine around the world by FedEx and mail.
The 37-year-old Farrow denied that she was running from bail when she was arrested in Queensland and extradited to Sydney last week.
Instead, she claimed that she was running for her life.
"The only reason I've done this is because someone was trying to murder me," said Farrow. "I've been in ... relationships with numerous underworld figures or whatever you want to call them and I feel that maybe they feel threatened by my situation."
She was first arrested back in 2009 when she flew to Australia in the midst of a DEA raid of her Sunset Boulevard apartment where they found drugs as well as incriminating documents.
Farrow skipped out on bail after a friend posted her $150,000 bond in February and Australian police caught up with her last week at a cheap Gold Coast hotel.
Farrow was a bikini model, pin-up girl and a Penthouse magazine "pet," while making FHM magazine's Sexiest Women In The World list three times under the stage name Simone Starr.
She is now accused of leading a double life behind that what she lead the public to believe was solely a life of high fashion, as Australian police believe that she was 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 informed ABC. "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 believe that Farrow was the brains behind the "ongoing criminal enterprise," which they believe may have included upwards of 7 additional co-conspirators.
Further, one of the accused committed suicide in a Hollywood motel after being contacted by U.S. authorities.
After reading the statements as to why Farrow was "on the run," it seems to suggest that she realizes that a challenge to her impending criminal prosecution may prove futile. Considering that she was the ring leader of an extensive international drug ring she will probably have no choice but to challenge the charges against her, no matter how bleak her chance of winning looks because a conviction will put her away for a very long time.
Also, it will be interesting to see whether she will be tried in Australia, where she was apprehended, or whether she could be potentially extradited to the United States and subsequently tried here.
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