Published March 19, 2012
An Australian swimsuit model accused of being the boss of a global drugs ring -- and wanted for fleeing $150,000 bail -- was arrested after almost a month on the run.
Former Penthouse Pet and Ed Hardy beach babe Simone Farrow was extradited to Sydney on Wednesday night after her arrest at a cheap hotel on the Gold Coast Highway in eastern Australia.
Accused of trafficking "ice" in bags of bath salts from a plush Hollywood high-rise, Farrow broke down and pleaded her innocence on arrival at Sydney airport.
Flanked by two federal police officers, Farrow, 37, who has at least 19 aliases and a long-lost teenage daughter, claimed she only fled interstate because "someone was trying to murder me."
Farrow has now been remanded in custody on charges which include the alleged 2009 drug operation. By skipping bail, Farrow put at risk $150,000 surety put up by a Sydney barrister and a flamboyant doctor.
Court documents tendered at one of Farrow's bail hearings in February reveal the model had legally changed her surname to Lawson in November.
Police suspected this was a ruse to flee the country. Farrow is charged with importing "ice" into Australia and police allege she was the brains behind an "ongoing criminal enterprise" that involved at least seven people.
One member of the alleged syndicate committed suicide in a Hollywood motel the day after being contacted by US authorities.
Court documents tendered at the bail hearing said the alleged enterprise was run from Farrow's apartment, located off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
Farrow allegedly developed a method of hiding the drugs inside the bath products, court documents said.
The Australian Federal Police worked with officers from the US Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate Farrow and her company GlobalStarr.